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Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to malnutrition?

Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to malnutrition?

No: Irritable bowel syndrome does not cause malnutrition. Malnutrition would be an indication to look for another cause (other than irritable bowel syndrome) for the stomach and bowel symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

An age-appropriate diet is one that provides adequate nutrition and is appropriate for a child's state of development. During the first 4 - 6 months of life, infants need only breast milk or formula to meet all their nutritional needs. At 4 - 6 months of age an infant should be consuming 28 - 45 ounces of formula, and is often ready to start the transition to solid foods. 6 - 8 MONTHS Continue to offer breast milk or formula 3 - 5 times per day. 8 - 12 MONTHS OF AGE Breast milk or formula should be offered three to four times per day at this age. After a baby is 1-year old, whole milk may replace ...Read more


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Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to pregnancy complications

Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to pregnancy complications

Pregnant IBS change: Many people think they have irritable bowel syndrome (ibs). They might have other milder conditions or possibly an early stage of a more serious condition. Keeping a food diary and discussing symptoms with an OB provider, gastroenterologist or nutritionist are good steps toward confirming the diagnosis, getting adequate nourishment for mom and baby and controlling symptoms. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to irregular heart rate?

Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to irregular heart rate?

Not likely. : In medicine you can never say never. However, it is highly unlikely that ibs will lead to any heart irregularities. Common symptoms include abdominal crampy pain, constipation, and or diarrhea. None of these symptoms will affect your electrolytes which could lead to heart abnomalities or directly affect the heart in any way. ...Read more

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I recently read a paper saying that irritable bowel syndrome can lead to diverticular disease, does anyone have an opinion one way or the other?

Different problems: They are two different things. Diverticular disease is made up of two conditions: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis occurs when pouches, called diverticula, form in the colon. These pouches bulge out like weak spots in a tire. Diverticulitis occurs if the pouches become inflamed. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that leads to abdominal pain and cramping, changes in bow ...Read more

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Does irritable bowel syndrome eventually lead to colon cancer?

Does irritable bowel syndrome eventually lead to colon cancer?

No: Ibs does not lead to colon cancer. However, IBS type symptoms may obscure symptoms of colon cancer. So any change in your symptoms should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat Irritable bowel syndrome?

How can I treat Irritable bowel syndrome?

IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome can be difficult to treat and different methods work for different patients. Start by increasing the amount of water and or fiber in your diet. In times of constipation, some people will have a positive effect from stool softeners such as sennosides, docusate and magnesium hydroxide. ...Read more

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How can I treat irritable bowel syndrome ?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

How can you cure irritable bowel syndrome?

Diet and fluids: And pro-biotics seem to help if patient is compliant. Eat a high fiber diet, regular meal times and similar portions and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free, alcohol free fluid daily. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Definition)

Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, is a long-term disorder of gastrointestinal functioning. It results in abdominal discomfort, pain, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and constipation. Additionally, patients with IBS usually have problems with gut motility. Triggers for IBS include certain foods, and elevated stress levels. Lastly, symptoms of IBS ...Read more


Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more