As healthcare professionals, staying current on the latest research, news, and trends in functional GI diagnostics and treatment is crucial for providing the best possible care for our patients. That’s why the CDI team carefully curates a selection of industry articles and studies that directly impact how we approach functional GI disorders each month.
Every April, the #GIcommunity joins forces to raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common but stigmatized gastrointestinal disorder that affects nearly 10% of the world’s population. In honor of IBS Awareness Month, our #GIcommunity industry roundup provides articles, papers, and additional resources to guide healthcare providers in diagnosing and treating this widespread functional GI disorder.
Age Differences in Core Symptoms and Symptom Relationships in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Network Analysis
In a new paper published in the April issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers collected symptom data to understand better whether specific symptoms and symptom relationships differ by patient age. The research suggests fatigue is a critical target for symptom management in all adults with IBS, regardless of age. However, comorbid anxiety is likely a treatment focus for young adults with IBS, but not the older age group. Intestinal gas and bloating symptoms overlapped in both age groups. More research is needed with larger diverse IBS cohorts to understand symptom relationships based on age.
Q&A: Survey results highlight need for awareness, open communication about IBS
A new survey of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) found that many patients feel awkward talking about their symptoms with their doctor and are unaware that prescription treatment options are available to address their symptoms. The survey also found that patients want their healthcare providers to “proactively ask them” about symptom relief during follow-up appointments. The findings from this survey highlight the need for continued awareness and education about IBS and CIC, as well as a more proactive HCP-patient dialogue around IBS symptoms.
Ten celebrities with IBS
From sports and music to television and film, numerous celebrities have spoken openly about their struggles with IBS. These celebrities have talked about the challenges of living with IBS, such as having to miss work or social events, feeling embarrassed about their symptoms, and struggling to find relief. Becker’s GI & Endoscopy lists ten celebrities who have shared their stories to raise awareness about IBS and let others know they are not alone.
Additional IBS Resources from CDI
IBS is linked to many other GI disorders, making diagnosing and treating symptoms very difficult. For instance, some studies have found that up to 80% of patients with IBS or IBS-like symptoms have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). The prevalence of SIBO in IBS patients can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of IBS symptoms, the patient’s age, and overall health. Here are a few additional resources for healthcare providers: