What was once a poorly understood medical condition has now become more readily recognized, diagnosed and treated thanks to recent research in the field of digestive health.
Irritable bowel syndrome, also known as IBS, was once a perplexing condition to diagnose and treat. Millions of people with IBS experience painful, annoying or embarrassing symptoms such as abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation, excess gas and bloating.
In recent years, however, researchers and clinicians have honed in on this disorder to better understand its implications, epidemiology and burden on the afflicted. Considering that 10 to 15 percent of Americans are living with IBS, any hope for new treatments and management techniques is welcome news.
“IBS is a very real condition that can seriously impact people’s lives, so the development of new and effective treatment options is extremely important,” says Dr. Christopher Bach, a gastroenterologist and medical director of the Tidelands Health digestive health program. “IBS sufferers often lose time at work or deal with persistent disruptions while trying to enjoy everyday life. Any new advances in the treatment of IBS can result in a profound and significant impact on the quality of life for millions of sufferers.”