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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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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


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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?

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

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Is irritable bowel syndrome common in asia?

Is irritable bowel syndrome common in asia?

Lower in Asia: IBS is present in 10% to 20% of adults in the US. [2] one study conducted in a health maintenance organization population showed the prevalence of iIBS symptoms in respondents to be 19.5%. [3] the prevalence is similar in Europe, although it may be lower in Asia and Africa. ...Read more

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Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Which pains does irritable bowel syndrome cause?

Usually crampy: Abdominal pains, bloating and diarrhea, constipation or both. That being said, many other diagnoses can present the same way, so you need a thorough history and exam and possible diagnostic testing to correctly make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What should I do about irritable bowel syndrome?

What should I do about 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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What is proper diet for irritable bowel syndrome?

What is proper diet for irritable bowel syndrome?

Individualize diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

How do I know if I have irritable bowel syndrome?

Any symptoms: What symptoms do you have? How long did yo have them? If not you donot have ibs. ...Read more

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What should I do to stop irritable bowel syndrome?

What should I do to stop 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 I know fi I have irritable bowel syndrome?

Doctor: Speak to your gastroenterologist. There are certain criteria for ibs. He/she may wish to do some testing first to exclude other causes. ...Read more

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How do u know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

How do u know if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

Maybe not IBS: Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion. The key to your answer: what are your symptoms, duration of distress, & recent evaluation? Do you awakening from sleep due to pain, are your symptoms not intermittent but ever present or actually worsening, have bleeding/fever--if so then it is unlikely you just have ibs. In such a case, further evaluation is warranted to identify the correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

Poor nutrition or malnutrition occurs when the body has insufficient intake, too much intake that is not healthy or when the diet is poorly balanced. Malnutrition can be the result of poor ...Read more