Irritable Bowel Syndrome (ibs): Everything You Need To Know Including How To Spot The Symptoms
New imaging technique signals a breakthrough in the treatment of IBS
What you can do: Cook your veggies and, whenever possible, your fruit. Cooking helps to break down some fiber in produce, allowing it to be digested more easily, limiting gas and bloating that can occur when eating raw produce, says Palinski-Wade. Greasy Or Fried Foods How they affect you: Food high in saturated fat, like steak (certain cuts, like rib-eye, are fattier than others), French fries, and ice cream, is difficult for the body to digest and can make you feel uncomfortably full and increase the chances of acid reflux, according to Palinski-Wade. If you already suffer from heartburn, fatty food can make it even worse by relaxing the valve that seals off the stomach from the sphincter. The loose valve can cause stomach acid to rise into the esophagus and result in a really unpleasant case of heartburn, says Karen Ansel, nutritionist and dietitian. What you can do: If youre jonesing for a steak, burger, or other high-fat meal tonight, remember not to combine it with alcohol, which can further irritate your GI tract, says Palinski-Wade. Whenever possible, cook meals in plant-based fats, such as olive oil, which is easier to break down than saturated fat, like butter.
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Don?t be irritated by irritable bowel syndrome
So developing this alternative method of examination has particular appeal, particularly in children who tend to suffer with a wide range of bowel problems," says Professor Spiller. "Previously, clinicians have had to rely on what the children and their parents say about their illness, which isn't a reliable guide to work out what is going on in the bowel. Having an objective technique, such as our new MRI technique, to be able to assess whether someone has normal or delayed transit in their bowel, will be very useful in the management of IBS and also potentially in its treatment." In the third study 'Differential effects of FODMAPS on small and large intestinal contents in healthy subjects shown by MRI' published online in American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers used the colonic imaging technique again, but this time, to improve their understanding of the causes of IBS. By looking at fructose, a sugar commonly found in fruit, and fructans, which are polymers of fructose, researchers were able see what effects these had on the gut of healthy volunteers. "We already know that fructose is difficult to absorb, but the novelty with this new method, is that we are now able to image the end effect of this mal-absorption which is the distension of the small intestine and colon. We are currently repeating these studies in patients with IBS to see whether their symptoms correlate with the distension of the colon." Fructans and fructose are part of a group of chemicals called FODMAPs which are Fermentable Oligo, Di Mono Saccharides and Polyhydric alcohols, whose characteristics are that they are relatively hard to absorb, but they are fermentable, so when they go in to the colon they are exposed to the bacteria and produce gas. Professor Spiller continues: "It's been found that diets that restrict the intake of these things improve symptoms and our MRI studies show us scientifically why that improvement might occur. We were able to show that while fructose alone was poorly absorbed and distended the small bowel, when it was combined with glucose the poor absorption was prevented. We also found that fructans have little effect in the small bowel but a large effect on the colon.
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This little understood problem accounts for 2.2 million prescriptions being written each and every year by a medical doctor for its treatment. The etiology of this baffling disease is unknown. The symptoms vary from patient to patient. The patient may experience constipation and diarrhea alternating, gas and bloating is a common symptom in addition to more digestive symptoms. The question is how do people cope and live with IBS? There is no cure for IBS. There is no magic medication to relieve the annoying symptoms. The afflicted person can try diet and diet changes to give relief from the unpleasant symptoms that they are having.
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