Even though causes of the irritable bowel syndrome are still to be determined, we know that genetic factors do play a certain role. Up to 25% of people with this condition have family members who have the same problem. Risk of inheriting the disease is even bigger if mother has it and after that brother or sister. Different bacteria can be responsible for Crohn’s condition which is a specific type of the irritable bowel syndrome. Since this irritable condition is much more common in developed countries, experts believe that the outside factors such as diet have to play a specific role in this, even though researches are a bit unclear. In one research it was determined that a high amount of fat being taken is closely related to the irritable bowel syndrome. Excessive amount of sugar intake was connected with this bowel syndrome as well. A lot of fluids, diet rich with fruits, vitamin C and magnesium were correlated to decreased risk from both disorders.
Who Gets It?
Men and women are equally threated to get this condition. Irritable bowel syndrome is commonly diagnosed in between 15 or 40 years of age, but there is another form of this condition re-appearing in between 50 and 80 years of age. About 2% of cases are diagnosed with children younger than 10 and about 30% with young people in between 10 and 19 years of age. The condition is commonly present in families and It seems it’s more common with town people rather than with those living in villages and outside of big cities, which might take environment into account as well. Some researchers believe that the condition is developing with people who have a genetic tendency allowing agents like viruses and bacteria to trigger an abnormal immunological response. Tests have also shown that children with irritable bowel syndrome have more common and earlier infections in their childhood years than those children who don’t have any disorders. Virus infections during pregnancy can also increase the risk of a later development of this irritable bowel syndrome with the child.
Many patients have their symptoms popping up after a period with no symptoms at all; some other patients have constant symptoms even though treatment can lead to a mild remission with a significant number of those patients. Symptoms can be very mild or very strong and preventing normal life. They can develop gradually or suddenly appear. The intensity of symptoms and frequency of the recidivism vary depending on time of the year. Risk is highest during the winter and autumn and the lowest during the summer. Most common irritable bowel syndrome symptoms are diarrhea, blood in feces, obstipation, cramps in the intestines, high body temperature, exhaustion and loss of appetite. Some patients have experienced weight loss as well, which at first appears to be a positive thing for a lot of patients, but soon the other symptoms will kick in, showing that there is a real problem going on inside the intestines.