How Common is IBS?

Medical professionals argue that Irritable Bowel Syndrome is not a common problem. But statistics suggests that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common problem, which affects a large number of people.  So if you are suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), do not think, this is you alone. There are so many people, who are facing the similar problems like you. 

It is estimated that, 10 to 20 percent of the worlds’ total population is affected with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This is one of the very common problems frequently diagnosed by physicians. It is also believed that about 70 percent amongst those affected with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) do not seek for doctors’ help. IBS is a common problem and so many of the people are facing it today, but medical professionals do not recognize it as common. The very reason is, most of the people affected with it are either do not aware about the problem or tend to avoid and do not discuss with the physician.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can affect any one irrespective of the age and other physical conditions. Children and teens are equally prone to suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) like full grownup adults. It is estimated that amongst the total affected with IBS, 60% percent are females and 40% are males. This data suggests that females are more prone to be affected with IBS and this is the only demographical factor known till date. It is very important to know the symptoms of IBS and monitor ones dietary habits to make a come out from the problems irrespective of ones age and other physical conditions. It is also equally important to know the circumstances and foods that cause irritation on your digestive system. 

You also need to consider the severity of your IBS, how sever it is? About 20 % of the persons amongst total affected with IBS do not seek medical help. The reason may be any.  It has been noticed that most of the persons affected with IBS do not have sever symptoms, but if a persons’ symptom varies from moderate to sever, then he / she is more likely to seek medical help. The persons who have moderate symptoms of IBS are more likely to seek the help of a medical professional. This data is true for about 30 % of the total population affected with IBS. 

If you look seriously on the above available data, you will find that most of the people affected with IBS are unable to recognize their symptoms.  These persons are either confused with the problem or not capable enough to identify the problems. This is why; many of the people having moderate IBS problems cannot relate their symptoms with IBS. These are reasons, why IBS is much more common than estimated.

If you are the one suffering with IBS, try to identify your problems and seek medical help. There are many people around you who are suffering with IBS but either not going for medical help or not aware of it. You can identify the group of such people and help these. You also can join a support group and can find the best possible methods with the help of others to come out of your IBS problems.





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