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what effect does ibs have on one's lifestyle?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Depends if: You let it take control of your life. Eat healthy, hi fiber, regular mealtimes and frequency, and drink plenty of caffeine free, alcohol free fluids daily and you will control the symptoms, rather than the symptoms controlling or affecting you.
Dr. Michael Moffa
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Variable: Constipation predominant IBS is usually fairly well tolerated. Nuisance level. It can be more severe with chronic discomfort. Combined IBS with alternating constipation and diarrhea can be more troublesome as it is less predictable. It should not interfere with sleep. If it does it may be due to dietary intolerance or perhaps inflammatory bowel disease

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Does IBS worsen as you grow older?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Only : If your diet and fluid habits don't get corrected properly. It all comes down to regular meal times, hi fiber, hi fluids and staying consistent and essentially retraining your bowels.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How can keeping a record of my symptoms and triggers be helpful for treating ibs?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Predict food allergy: The best way to know what is causing the allergy and for treatment is rotation and elimination diet - it helps to keep a journal for body's response there are also tools to diagnose food allergies one of the is zyto testing the other is GI allergix profile from metametrix labs.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does IBS last?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
Intermittently: Intermittently through our you life .... Most people have a waxing a waning symptoms throughout there life.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is IBS life-threatening?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
No: Irritable bowel syndrome is not a life-threatening condition and cannot result in cancer or serious intestinal disease. New studies are indicating the connection between irritable bowel causing the gut to be leaky and worsening hypertension, creates atrial fibrillation over long run.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the risk factors for ibs?

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Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Many : Irritable bowel syndrome is the multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. The predominant symptoms like diarrhea cramps constipation are the result of autonomic nervous system instability. Pts like you may benefit from a metabolically directed approach.

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