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A Blood Test for IBS

Affecting nearly 10-15% of the adult U.S. population, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most diagnosed gastrointestinal diseases. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain or discomfort

  • Gas

  • Bloating

  • Excessive belching

  • Diarrhea or constipation or both.

Did you know that one of the most common causes of IBS is an autoimmune reaction after experiencing food poisoning? In fact, about 10 percent of people who get bacterial food poisoning will develop IBS. This is called post-infectious IBS. It causes an autoimmune reaction that targets the cells of the small intestine about 3 months after having food poisoning. There is a simple blood test that checks for two types of markers related to post-infectious IBS. Together these markers provide information that can help get to the root cause of IBS and direct treatment. Using this information, we can focus on the root cause of symptoms and help the patient achieve long term benefits. During your next visit to Bios Comprehensive Medicine, ask about the IBS Smart test to start on the path towards better health.

References:

https://gi.org/topics/irritable-bowel-syndrome/

https://www.aboutibs.org/what-is-ibs-sidenav/post-infectious-ibs.html



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