IBS Prevention and Treatment

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Irritable bowel syndrome is an intestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain or discomfort, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill describes ways people can prevent or relieve symptoms of IBS.

Dr. Hill:

No single type of treatment for irritable bowel syndrome works best for everyone. You and your health professional will need to work together to determine how to manage your symptoms. It may be necessary to adapt your lifestyle to manage the symptoms.

For some people who have IBS, certain foods may trigger symptoms. The following suggestions may help prevent or relieve some IBS symptoms:

Avoid caffeine. This is a drug that stimulates the bowel.

Limit your intake of fatty foods. Fats increase gut sensations, which can make abdominal pain seem worse.

If diarrhea is your main symptom, limit dairy products, fruit and artificial sweeteners.

Increase the fiber in your diet.

Avoid foods such as beans or cabbage

Uncooked cauliflower or broccoli can help relieve bloating or gas.

Getting regular, vigorous exercise may help reduce tension and make your bowels more regular.

If these techniques are not successful, ask your physician about the addition of medications to manage symptoms of IBS.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.