IBS Causes and Risk Factors
- Q What are the risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Your risk for irritable bowel syndrome is higher if you are female. Approximately two times as many women as men have the digestive tract disorder. In addition, if other close family members have irritable bowel syndrome, your likelihood of developing... Full Answer
- Q What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyMillions of women suffer from frequent stomach aches, bloating, constipation and diarrhea. In this video, Dr. Oz explains what causes these problems and the keys to relief. Full Answer
- Q What foods can trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms?
Dr. Lawrence Friedman, GastroenterologyFoods that may trigger irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms include: Apples and other raw fruits Beans Broccoli Cabbage Caffeine Cauliflower Chewing gum, beverages, or foods sweetened with fructose or sorbitol Chocolate Dairy products Fatty foods... Full Answer
- Q What are common triggers for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Dr. Robynne Chutkan, GastroenterologyCommon triggers for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) include food, particularly caffeine, high fat foods, artificial sweeteners and processed foods -- but even relatively healthy foods when the portion is too large can cause a flare-up of symptoms.... Full Answer
- Q How does dietary fiber affect irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
Dr. Bill Salt, GastroenterologyPatients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may have a significant problem with abdominal bloating and flatulence when they increase the fiber content of the diet and do not seem to be able to adjust to the change. Because of an increased sensitivity to... Full Answer
- Q Does irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) run in families?
It's not entirely clear whether irritable bowel syndrome runs in families or not. Studies have indicated that your probability of having irritable bowel syndrome is higher if you have a first-degree relative who also has the disorder. It's unclear,... Full Answer