About 13% of Americans experience irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, a
chronic bowel disorder characterized by periodic diarrhea, constipation,
abdominal pain and bloating. While there is a spectrum of medications effective
in treating this condition, I always counsel my patients on lifestyle changes
that can sustainably ease their IBS symptoms in addition to drug therapies.
Making informed decisions on how to manage your IBS can seriously improve your
quality of life and alleviate symptoms.
THIS CONTENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. This content is
provided for informational purposes and reflects the opinions of the
author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare
professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical
emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.
Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD, is a Professor of
Medicine and Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Dartmouth, NH. He also authored a book
called Making Sense of IBS. View his Healthgrades profile >