IBS is a frustrating, under diagnosed and undertreated condition that irritates the bowel and can disrupt the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. It affects an estimated 18% of the Canadian population1. People who have IBS often experience distressful digestive symptoms, some of which can be severe or unbearable. Abdominal pain, bloating and altered bowel habits are examples of these symptoms.
1 Lovell RM et al Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012: 10(7) 712-21.e4.
There are three major forms of IBS: IBS-M (mixed diarrhea and constipation), IBS-D (diarrhea predominant), and IBS-C (constipation predominant). The incidence of the mixed diarrhea and constipation IBS-M Form of IBS is the most common. It is estimated that 90 percent of the IBS patient population is comprised of IBS-M and IBS-D sub types.12
2 Drossman et al. J. Clin. Gastroenterol. 2009: 43(6) 541-550.