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What are the Triggers of IBS?

  • Food - The role of food allergy or intolerance in IBS isn’t fully understood. A true food allergy rarely causes IBS. But many people have worse IBS symptoms when they eat or drink certain foods or beverages, including wheat, dairy products, citrus fruits, beans, cabbage, milk and carbonated drinks.

  • Stress- Most people with IBS experience worse or more-frequent signs and symptoms during periods of increased stress. But while stress may aggravate symptoms, it doesn’t cause them.

Risk Factors

  • Young people - IBS occurs more frequently in people under age 50. ▫️ Female - In the US, IBS is more common among women. Estrogen therapy before or after menopause also is a risk factor for IBS.

  • Family History - Genes may play a role, as may shared factors in a family’s environment or a combination of genes and environment.

  • Anxiety, depression or other mental health issues - A history of sexual, physical or emotional abuse also might be a risk factor.


  • Poor quality of life - Many people with moderate to severe IBS report poor quality of life. Research shows that people with IBS miss three times as many days from work as do those without bowel symptoms.

  • Mood disorders - Experiencing the signs and symptoms of IBS can lead to depression.

How can you treat it

  • Follow a healthy, balanced diet.

  • Stay hydrated

  • Exercise regularly

  • Manage your stress level.

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