IBS and weight gain

IBS and weight gain

In this article we are going to discuss the links between IBS and weight gain. You might have not heard a lot of people complaining they have this problem, because this is not the most pleasant topic for a chat next to the cup of coffee. However, the latest statistical data shows that is actually troubling quite a lot of people. The actual number of man and woman suffering from IBS can be even greater that the available data shows, because some people never get around to going to the doctor and try to find the way to cope with unpleasant symptoms all by their own. This is why we believe that this article on IBS and weight gain will be helpful for thousands of people.
As you might already know, IBS stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the diagnosis which can cause such symptoms as constipation, chronicle abdominal pain, alteration of bowel habits and bloating. People who a familiar with the symptoms of this disease but rarely experiences them are often led to believe that IBS and weight gain are incompatible. This assumption is quite logical. Bloating, which starts as undigested food remains in the bowels for too long, can actually give you the feeling that you are already full, even though the last time you ate was a few hours ago. Parents of kids who have IBS often complain that their children tends to refuse food saying “if I eat, I’m gonna explode”. Plus, if you know that the food you consume is going to give you severe abdominal pains, there is no doubt that you will be unwilling to eat anything. Diarrhoea, which often troubles people who have irritable bowel syndrome, can also contribute to weight loss, as it prevents your body from digesting and absorbing valuable nutrients.
This is all true and in fact people who are suffering from IBS often do shed quite a few pounds. However, this disease is not known to have considerable slimming effects on the figure. Thus if you have been recently losing a lot of weight (more than a several pounds) and you think that the reason behind these changes is IBS, you should probably visit your doctor: this might be something more serious. Of course, you should not get worried ahead of the time, absolute majority of diseases that have similar symptoms to IBS are now treatable.
Having this said we should also note that there are some cases when people suffering from this syndrome does start piling on pounds. In their case the link between IBS and weight gain can also be explained pretty easily. Once people notice that whole-grain foods and other carbohydrate-rich meals cause them less unpleasant symptoms then fruits and vegetables, they almost completely eliminate plant-based meals from their diets and instead rely on those fibber-poor, calorie-rich foods.


IBS and weight gain

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