Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (cont.)
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Bhupinder S. Anand, MBBS, MD, DPHIL (OXON)
Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
In this Article
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) definition
- What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- What are the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- How is the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) made?
- What are the treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- What medications are used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- What about IBS and diet?
- Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) related to small bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)?
- What is the prognosis for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
What are the treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Dietary modifications are the first treatment that should be tried to treat IBS. There are several types of foods in particular that often trigger IBS symptoms and should be eliminated or limited:
- Dairy products, including milk and cheese. Lactose intolerance symptoms can be similar to IBS symptoms.
- Certain vegetables that increase gas (such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts), and legumes (such as beans)
- Fatty or fried foods
- Alcohol, caffeine, or soda
- Artificial sweeteners
Some foods and lifestyle changes can help lessen symptoms of IBS. Foods that may be incorporated into the diet and lifestyle changes can make include:
- Take dietary fiber supplements
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat more low-fat foods
- Eat more high carbohydrate foods (such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and whole grain breads)
- Talk to a doctor about adding probiotics to your diet
- Eating smaller, more frequent meals may also help reduce symptoms
- Quit smoking
- Incorporate exercise into your lifestyle (3 to 5 days a week, and consult a doctor before starting any exercise program)
- Try stress reduction techniques
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