World IBS Day observed at DMCH
The purpose of observing this day is to spread awareness on Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Ludhiana: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long term gastrointestinal disorder that usually causes persistent discomfort, with mixed complaints of constipation and diarrhea as well. Every year, 19th April is observed as the “World Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Day” worldwide. The purpose of observing this day is to spread awareness on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The theme of World IBS Day this year is “Let’s Talk IBS”.
According to prominent gastroenterologist- Dr Ajit Sood, this syndrome affects every 1 in 11 people and is one of the most burdensome chronic ailments reported by patients that significantly affects their quality of life. However, due to lack of awareness, many people suffering from this syndrome don’t get timely treatment and it enhances their problem.
The precise cause of IBS is not known. Factors that appear to play a role include abnormal muscle contractions in the intestine, abnormalities in the nerves in digestive system, severe infection & changes in bacteria in the gut (microflora). Certain foods or beverages (such as dairy products, beans, cabbage, milk and carbonated drinks), stress & hormonal changes (in women) may trigger or worsen IBS symptoms.
Dr Sood suggests if a patient is having following symptoms since long like -- abdominal pain & cramping, Diarrhea or constipation, bloating & gas, mucus in stool & urgency to pass stool after food then these symptoms should warrant a consultation with a gastroenterologist. The impact of IBS varies with each person. For some, IBS causes symptoms that are manageable/mild & do not interfere with daily activities. For others, IBS may severely reduce quality of life or be disabling.
Dr Ajit Sood suggests if a patient is diagnosed with IBS, he/she should not panic as it is possible to live a good quality life with proper management of IBS. He suggests some steps in Dietary Management that will
The following steps may help symptoms:
• Avoiding sugar alternatives in some chewing gums, diet foods, and sugar free sweets, as they can cause Diarrhea.
• Consuming more oat-based foods to reduce gas or bloating.
• Not skipping meals.
• Eating at the same time every day.
• Eating slowly.
• Limiting alcohol intake.
• Avoiding carbonated, sugary beverages, such as soda.