Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder of the intestines. It can cause abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. Although these symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS does not cause permanent damage to your colon or lead to serious diseases.
IBS affects about 35,000,000 people in the US. Women are 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed with IBS, and are also more likely to seek medical attention for IBS than are men. Many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medical disorder.
Vitamin D and IBS
Studies suggest that vitamin D supplementation has a beneficial effect on IBS symptoms. Vitamin D has also been implicated in helping to maintain the balance of a healthy intestinal mucosal barrier, which doesn’t function properly in people with IBS.
What can I do?
People with IBS report that changes in their diet and lifestyle can greatly improve their IBS symptoms. It is recommended to avoid foods that trigger symptoms, get regular exercise, and manage your stress levels. There are also medications available to ease pain and irregularity. We also think it is important to maintain sufficient vitamin D levels.
In 1997 International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders designated April as IBS Awareness Month. This is a time to focus attention on educating others on IBS diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues. Want to help? Here are a few ways:
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