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The cause of irritable bowel syndrome is believed to be caused by the contraction of the bowel muscle due to stress and depression. Young women are most prone to the condition and symptoms include recurrent abdominal pains, changes in bowel habit, constipation or diarrhea. Treatment is more effective if the cause can be determined and often involves a high fiber diet and/or therapy. Usually the patient has to try several dietary changes to find the most effective one. The diet should include fresh, raw or lightly cooked foods, potatoes, wholegrain cereals, bread, pasta and as few processed foods as possible. Some people with IBS are also sensitive to gluten and will need to stay away from products containing wheat. Other people are affected by food containing sulfur such as onions, bread, eggs and fried foods. Spicy foods are not advisable.
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About: Irritable bowel syndrome treated by dietary changes
Date: 28 December 2004
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