Where do you find statistical data for a certain disease, such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Synd… by Connie b. Dellobuono
Answer by Connie b. Dellobuono:
Prevalance of Irritable bowel syndrome: 5 million in the USA 1987 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact – NIH Publication No. 94-1447, US Government Printing Office, 1994); 11 per 1000 (NHIS95)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 54 or 1.84% or 5 million people in USA [about data]
Lifetime risk for Irritable bowel syndrome: about 30% of people
Prevalance of Irritable bowel syndrome: 5 million people (1987) (Source: excerpt from Digestive Diseases Statistics: NIDDK) … IBS is a common problem, affecting up to one in five people. (Source: excerpt from Irritable Bowel Syndrome: NWHIC)
Irritable bowel syndrome: Rare Disease Status
Irritable bowel syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD)…more »
Hospitalizations for Irritable bowel syndrome: 34,000 in the USA 1987 (Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact – NIH Publication No. 94-1447, US Government Printing Office, 1994)
Avoid all sources of gluten — The first step for any patient that comes to my clinic with this problem is to go on a gluten free diet. Most people understand this means avoiding all forms of wheat, but you also need to be aware that there are many other hidden sources of gluten in your diet.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, but it’s also found in other grains such as:
Typically, avoiding gluten for a week or two is enough to see significant improvement.
In addition to gluten, food allergies can also play a role so be sensitive to that and start a trial and error process to determine which ones you have.
Get checked for parasites — Another comprehensive strategy, to make sure you’re not struggling with a physical condition that could be simulating IBS, is to have your stool checked for parasites. Some parasites, such as giardia, can sometimes be a contributing factor that needs to be treated.
Tailor your diet to your personal biochemistry — Naturally, you’ll want to pay close attention to your diet. Ideally, you’ll want to eat according to your nutritional type, as you have specific nutritional needs that are based on your personal biochemistry, metabolism, and genetic makeup.