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Individuals who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often surprised to learn that the disease affects approximately 10-15% or more of the general population.//

IBS occurs when the intestines squeeze too hard or not hard enough, causing food to pass either too quickly or too slowly. The disease typically affects women, most often around age 20.

The symptoms of IBS include abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians stress, large meals, travel and menstrual cycles may contribute to symptoms of IBS. The academy advises eating a healthy diet with plenty of insoluble fiber that would include lots of vegetables, fruits and whole grains each day. In addition the group advises stress reduction.

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is often termed as a "functional" disorder where the primary abnormality is an altered physiological function because of which it cannot be diagnosed in the traditional way as a structural, inflammatory or infectious abnormality which can be seen by common examination, x-ray, or blood test.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a multi-faceted disorder with symptoms ranging from disturbance in the interaction between the gut or intestines, the autonomic nervous system and the brain which causes alteration in the regulation of bowel motility.

Abdominal pain in IBS is a generalized ache often superimposed with periods of abdominal cramps, and also sharp, dull, gas-like, or nondescript pains are also common. Bowel movement usually relieves the abdominal discomfort or pains. Altered bowel habit with changes in both frequency and consistency manifesting as chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both in alternation is a common occurrence.

Diagnosis of IBS mainly involves identifying certain symptoms consistent with the disorder and excluding other medical conditions that may have a similar clinical present
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