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We know that there are people out their who either think or have been told that they have IBS when in fact they have celiac disease.
This study really proves the point that celiac disease is hidden in some of the IBS and Fibromyalgia populations.
If you have been told you have IBS and/or fibromyalgia, do make sure that you have been tested for celiac disease!
Just as a reminder, about 30% of people with IBS have gluten intolerance.
This is quite a large number, so avoiding foods with gluten in (wheat, rye, barley) may just help your symptoms.
Lexicon, a pharmaceutical company, has just published findings from a phase 2 study looking at the treatment of IBS-D or diarrhea predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a drug known as LX1033.
This drug slows the production of Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is present in large amounts within the gut.
It is serotonin that is at the center of the Brain-Gut axis theory of IBS and by slowing its production, it was hoped that it would improve the consistency of the stool.
However, this hasn't happened and the companies share price has dropped, possibly prematurely.
Why? Because it does seem to make some difference with abdominal pain symptoms.Of course it is still early days, but Lexicon will be continuing research with this drug which may, one day, be part of the many new treatments being looked at for IBS.
A study in the UK looked at the number of cases of IBS in community practice. The study looked at determining whether IBS was being underestimated due to the codes GP’s apply in diagnosis.
The study found that the prevalence of IBS was 616 per year per 100,000 population according to the codes applied.
However, this was much lower than the figures normally quoted for IBS in the population. It was felt that GP’s were not assigning codes for IBS as they felt uncertain about the diagnosis and wanted to wait on further investigations to exclude other causes.
So, use of codes used by GP’s is not a very accurate assessment of IBS within the general practice population. You can read more about this here
Low FODMAP diets have really made a difference to some IBS sufferers.
The low fructose diets can be difficult to understand because some fruits and vegetables are good for your diet, but some are bad.
In Australia, they have now released a new product logo that lets the consumer know if the food is suitable for a low FODMAP diet or not.
You can read more about this here:
I read an article this evening that reminds me very much about an article I wrote sometime ago about Aloe vera.
The article was advocating its use in heartburn, constipation, IBS and other problems.
You can read the article here:
It doesn't offer anything new, but it is a reminder that aloe vera may be of benefit to you!
If you want a refresh, take a look at the link below!
Read an interesting article recently about gut bacteria. It is often forgotten about the importance of gut bacteria to both digestion and our overall health.
This article outlined the 100 billion bacteria that we have and how it is under attack from our environment, the foods we eat and the antibiotics we take.
The importance of these bacteria are given little thought in comparison to our overall health and we abuse them without thought of consequence at our own peril.
If you would like to find out more, here's the article:http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/11/29/food-health/endangered-species-gut-flora/
Acid reflux and IBS symptoms are common. Heartburn or a discomfort in the chest occurs in a lot of people, but no more so than with this condition.
I would like to show you the foods to avoid with IBS and the diet recommendations that can make a real difference for you.
If you would like a FREE IBS-D diet sheet look no further for you can download one on this page right now.
If you would like a FREE IBS-C diet sheet you can download one here for your constipation predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
On this page you can get your FREE copy of the IBS-A diet sheet. This sheet is designed for people with alternating symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Could there be a connection between birth control and IBS? After all, women develop Irritable Bowel Syndrome more frequently than men.
Sometimes in IBS weight gain can occur for a variety of different issues. Equally in some sufferers, the opposite can occur with weight loss.
If you need diet sheets for IBS, look no further as you can download your own free copy right here.
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