Tame Your Tummy Trouble

Famous People With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

By Amanda MacMillan

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms include pain, gas, cramping or bloating, and diarrhea or constipation. Every case of IBS is different, but symptoms are thought to be triggered by certain foods, stress, hormonal changes, or medications. Treatments include dietary and lifestyle changes, stress-management techniques, and—if those aren't enough—medicine for pain, diarrhea, or constipation.

IBS affects twice as many women as it does men, and most people who suffer from it don't see a doctor for their symptoms. But it is a common problem affecting between 7% and 10% of the world's population—including these familiar faces.

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