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Nearly one in 10 Singaporeans suffers from IBS | Fit To Post Health - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Nearly one in 10 Singaporeans suffers from IBS | Fit To Post Health - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Irritable bowel syndrome can disrupt everyday life (Think Stock photo) If your abdomen hurts or bloats when you eat a particular food, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is a disorder that affects the intestines, causing symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, or a sensation of incomplete bowel clearance. Symptoms vary from one person to the next; some people experience only mild symptoms, while for others, it can disrupt everyday life. The exact causes of IBS are unknown. "Individuals may have overly sensitive nerves in the bowels; this causes muscles to contract too much after eating and abdominal cramps occur," says Dr Ling Khoon Lin , senior consultant, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology , Singapore General Hospital . A condition that typically develops in early adulthood Other possible causes could be food i...

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