April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome ( #IBS) Awareness Month.
IBS is common, affecting a surprising 10-15% of the population.
Many people are unaware that they have a medically recognized disorder
Because it can take up to 6 years for a diagnosis.
Instead, people treat random and never-ending symptoms like gas, #bloating, indigestion, #constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal #pain.
However, did you know that IBS is associated with stress?
The stress hormone cortisol promotes the production of zonulin. Zonulin is a biomarker that disrupts the intestinal lining and causes a “leaky gut.” Zonulin also increases histamine production, causing more inflammation in the gut.
The emotional motor system (EMS) also plays a role in IBS. Emotional states affect the gut’s motility and gut permeability through the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal axis.
Finally, a Dysfunctional migrating motor complex can contribute to dysbiosis, malabsorption, and abdominal visceral hypersensitivity.
There are four types of IBS.
IBS-D: Diarrhea prevalent
IBS-C: Constipation prevalent
IBS-M: Mixed Diarrhea/Constipation
IBS-A: Alternating D and C
Are you experiencing any of these symptoms and is your doctor implementing stress management in your treatment plan?
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