Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system that may result in a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. This condition impacts one in five Australians, and is more prevalent in women. Whilst IBS can occur at any age, it is more likely to occur in people over 40.
Whilst the cause of IBS is unknown, environmental factors such as changes of routine, emotional stress, infection and diet may trigger an attack.
Symptoms of IBS include:
• Abdominal pain
• Alternating constipation and diarrhea
The symptoms of IBS are also common in other bowel conditions, which is why it is important to consult a doctor who can rule out other conditions before diagnosing IBS.
Diet and IBS
Management of IBS will vary according to individual needs and may involve dietary changes, various medications and/or lifestyle changes.
Dietary modifications may involve changes to intake of fiber, dairy and/or gas-producing foods (such as beans and cabbage). The identification and avoidance of triggers is important to be able to manage IBS effectively.
An Accredited Practising Dietitian can help to identify dietary triggers and provide individual, expert dietary advice to ensure appropriate management of IBS, whilst meeting nutritional needs.
If you would like further information on IBS, please feel free to contact one of our friendly dietitians on 1300 952 433 (1300WLAGED) for more information.