An estimated 10 to 15 percent of the worldwide population suffers from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic digestive disorder of the large intestine that causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both.
These symptoms are the result of abnormal intestinal motility – too fast leads to diarrhea, too slow to constipation – and an increased sensitivity to pain. Bloating, gassiness, bowel urgency, and mucus in the stool are also common in IBS.
These symptoms can be mild or extreme, but IBS is considered a “functional gastrointestinal disorder”, which in part means that it is not life threatening. READ MORE.