Irritable Bowel Syndrome (cont.)
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Is There a Specific Diet Plan for a Person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Diet and lifestyle changes are important in decreasing the frequency and severity of IBS symptoms.
The first thing your doctor may suggest is to keep a food diary. This will help you figure out foods that trigger your symptoms.
What Foods Should You Avoid If You Have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
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Whether you have IBS-D or IBS-C, there are foods to avoid that may trigger symptoms.
Certain foods may worsen bloating and gassiness. Foods to avoid include cruciferous vegetables and legumes, such as:
Legumes also may worsen gassiness and bloating, for example:
Some foods may trigger symptoms of abdominal cramps and diarrhea, including:
Eating large meals may also trigger abdominal cramping and diarrhea.
What Other Lifestyle Changes Help Relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Symptoms?
In addition to dietary changes, there are some healthy habits that may also help reduce IBS symptoms.
What Are the Complications of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
IBS has few associated complications. IBS does not lead to rectal bleeding, colon cancer, or inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis. Diarrhea and constipation may aggravate hemorrhoids in people who already have them. If a person eliminates too many foods from their diet, and the diet is too limited in nutrients that could cause health problems.
The effect on a person's quality of life is the biggest complication of IBS. Stress and anxiety can result from the pain, and can impact a person's daily life.
Can Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Be Prevented?
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Follow the diet and lifestyle recommendations as outlined above, and as discussed with your physician. Avoiding triggers is the best way to prevent symptoms of IBS.
What Is the Outlook for a Person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?
Because irritable bowel syndrome is a chronic (long-term) disease, symptoms usually return from time to time. This may be influenced by factors such as stress, diet, or other environmental causes. No known treatment cures IBS. Multiple factors may play a role in aggravating IBS, so it is difficult to predict what triggers may make IBS worse in a particular person. Establishing a good relationship with a health-care professional may help alleviate concerns over symptoms and allow rapid recognition of changing or worsening symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/29/2016
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