10 Things You Didn’t Know About IBS



  1. Peter Whorwell, a gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of South Manchester (UK), has over 35 years of experience with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As a medical student in the 1970s, he was told that people with IBS were oversensitive females who shouldn’t be taken too seriously!! Thankfully medicine has evolved a bit since then…
  2. Do you feel alone as an IBS sufferer? You actually share the same functional gastrointestinal disorder as at least 9.8 million people in the UK alone!
  3. Other less common symptoms of IBS include backache, fatigue and nausea.
  4. Taking a course of antibiotics can make IBS symptoms worse. This is when taking a good probiotic afterwards is vital.
  5. There is no test for IBS, but rather it is a disorder (not a disease!) of exclusion.
  6. The term IBS has actually been around since the 1960s.
  7. Gone gluten-free to cure your IBS symptoms? You’re not the only one. Some studies have shown that this is effective in up to 70% of IBS sufferers. However, most gluten-containing foods contain wheat…
  8. Wheat is one of the most commonly eaten FODMAP-containing foods as it is made up of fructans, which is a problematic substance for many. However, wheat and spelt are only high FODMAP in larger serving sizes.
  9. MRI scans have been used to show how FODMAPs cause problems in the digestive system. In people with IBS, foods that are poorly absorbed draw water into the small intestine, causing it to stretch. Partially digested FODMAPs, such as fructans, are fermented by your gut bacteria so excess gas is produced in your large intestine. This process occurs in everyone, but those with IBS are more sensitive to it.
  10. Following a strict low FODMAP diet for life is not recommended by dietitians as it eliminates important prebiotic foods which your good gut bacteria feed off.


Reference: nature.com – Q&A: PeterWhorwell

Disclaimer: the information above is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t replace advice from a health professional. You shouldn’t use the given information to diagnose or treat a health problem/ disease.

One Reply to “10 Things You Didn’t Know About IBS”

  1. Jocelyn mc Whannell says: Reply

    Extremely interesting and most helpful especially to those lucky enough not to have IBS.

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