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IBS symptoms: Gluten is probably not the culprit

0 2 years ago
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects an estimated 3–5% of the global population.
  • Food and stress can trigger IBS symptoms.
  • A new study has shown no effect on IBS symptoms from consuming gluten.
  • The authors also reveal that dietary restriction of fermentable carbohydrates has a small, modest benefit on symptoms.
  • The researchers recommend an individualized, holistic approach to treating IBS.

IBS is a chronic bowel disorder that health experts characterize by abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements. People with the condition may experience one of four subtypes:

  • IBS with constipation (IBS-C)
  • IBS with diarrhea (IBS-D)
  • IBS with a mix of constipation and diarrhea (IBS-M)
  • Unsubtyped IBS (IBS-U)

Doctors classify IBS as a functional gastrointestinal disorder. Scientists believe that this group of conditions is due to disturbances in gut-brain interactions.

However, there is no specific, underlying pathology, making them challenging to diagnose and treat.

According to research, people living with IBS can experience a lower quality of life than individuals with conditions such as kidney disorders and diabetes.

IBS triggers

Regarding triggers for IBS, Dr. Ashkan Farhadi, a doctor and researcher, told Medical News Today that IBS can be instigated by:

  • infections, such as gastroenteritis
  • post-surgery factors, including after abdominal surgery
  • post-traumatic stress following emotional life events
  • unknown causes, including possibly genetic factors


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