Is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) hereditary?
There is no family or genetic link with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Author: Karen McCloskey
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects your digestive system, often appearing between the ages of 20-30 years. It affects women more than men.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms tend to come and go, often getting worse after you have eaten. Passing wind or going to the toilet often relieves the pain. The severity of symptoms can vary between different people, depending …
Foods that can trigger iIBS symptoms include drinks containing caffeine, such as cola, tea or coffee; fizzy, carbonated drinks and alcohol; gassy foods, such as beans or cabbage; non-soluble fiber foods, such as nuts and …
Currently, there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but working closely with your dietician or doctor will help you find a treatment plan that works for you.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not life-threatening. Your doctor or dietician can help you to identify foods or situations that bring on your symptoms.
Surgery is not usually needed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
There is no link between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and cancer.
Each case of IBS is different. You may experience disabling symptoms on a daily basis, or you may be relatively symptom-free. Identifying what causes your flare-ups is key to managing symptoms.