Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects millions of Americans. In fact, nearly 20% of people in the US experience IBS symptoms (source: MayoClinic.org). That’s 1 in 5 who experience cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. For most folks, the symptoms are manageable by watching their diet, managing stress, and monitoring hormonal changes. But for other folks, symptoms can be severe, requiring medication and medical counseling.
While the causes of irritable bowel syndrome aren’t exactly known, our doctors and healthcare providers here at Horizon Medical Group have extensive knowledge in identifying and treating IBS.
Interesting IBS Facts
- Women are twice as likely to have IBS than men.
- IBS usually affects people younger than 45.
- If you have family members with IBS, you’re at increased risk of developing the condition.
- Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are another risk factor of developing IBS.
- Eliminating high-fat foods may help.
- Eliminating gluten may help.
- Eliminating fructose, fructans, and lactose may help.
- Medications are available and may help. Make an appointment to see what medications might be best for you.
If you’re experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of IBS, make an appointment. We can talk about treatment options and help get you feeling better.
Gastrointestinal Specialists at Horizon Family Medical Group
- Dean Cassimatis, MD
- David Ellis, MD
- Michael Finck, MD
- Alan Goldfischer, MD
- Seth Levin, MD
- Aram Manoukian, MD
- Murali Perumal, MD
- Alan Plumer, MD
- Thomas Scileppi, MD
- Lance Siegel, MD
- Aviva Frommer, RPA-C