Got a BadGut®?
April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, recognized by Health Canada. IBS is affecting as many as 6 million Canadians right now. It causes painful and life-altering symptoms such as abdominal cramping, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
Each person has a unique IBS experience within the range of known symptoms, and this condi-tion can significantly worsen a person’s quality of life, which is profoundly lower than those without IBS. People with IBS often suffer in silence, possibly due to a reluctance to discuss bowel habits and the surrounding stigma.
We recently conducted a survey asking Canadians about their experiences with IBS. For numerous individuals, severe abdominal pain is a common occurrence. Many don’t take IBS seriously, but it can have a devastating effect on all aspects of life; 76% say that their symptoms interfere with everyday living and 46% have missed work or school due to IBS. On top of that, 62% of our respondents need to take two or more medicines, but still don’t have their symptoms under control.
This April, take some time to learn about IBS so we can start to erase the stigmas associated with this common disorder and work toward better treatments.
For medically-sound information about IBS, go to www.badgut.org. The Gastrointestinal Society, a registered charity, has content approved by physi-cians, pharmacists, and dietitians such
as videos, infographics, articles, and pamphlets on a comprehensive range of gastrointestinal conditions. We help Canadians get the trusted medical infor-mation they need to guide them on the road to a healthy gut.
So the next time you’re on the loo, text ‘badgut’ to 45678 to donate $10 toward this worthy cause; you’ll get a tax receipt.
View more results from our survey at www.badgut.org/ibs-survey-results.
Watch our IBS Videos
The first video, IBS Overview, explains all the basics, including diagnosis, symptoms, statistics, and more. The second video, IBS Treatments, describes diet and lifestyle changes, medications, and other symptom management options.
Watch both of these videos at www.badgut.org/ibs-videos.