IBS is one of the most common disorders diagnosed by doctors. It begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people. “This is a debilitating condition and affects many people on a daily basis, particularly women who are twice as likely to experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” Brierley adds. There is no cure for IBS and it often comes and goes over a person’s lifetime. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases here in the US says there is no specific test for IBS, however many doctors may run tests to be sure you don’t have other diseases. These tests include stool sampling tests, blood tests, x-rays and a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy . Most people diagnosed with IBS control their symptoms with diet, stress management and medicine. A high-fiber die t was once thought to be the best diet for almost everyone with IBS, but recent studies show that isnt true for everyone. Foods such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, peas, onions, and bagels, that can cause minor discomfort in a normal GI tract can cause significant bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in IBS sufferers. For people with constipation, a high-fiber diet of 25 grams daily for women and 38 grams for men is recommended. Other than gastroenteritis and food intolerance, IBS can be brought on by food poisoning, stress, a reaction to antibiotics, and in some cases is genetic. Brierley says “Some people find their symptoms appear after consuming fatty and spicy foods, coffee and alcohol, but it is more complex than that. There appears to be a definite link between IBS and a former bout of gastroenteritis, which leaves nerve pain fibres in a heightened state, altering mechanisms in the gut wall and resulting in ongoing pain.” Unlike other intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, IBS doesn’t cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. In Europe and Canada studies show many people who contracted gastroenteritis from contaminated water supplies went on to experience IBS symptoms that persisted for at least eight years.