Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Who is at Risk?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Are You At Risk?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Who Is At Risk? Irritable Bowel Syndrome, also known as IBS, is not uncommon.  In fact, everyone has manifestations of IBS at one time or another.  Does everyone have IBS?  No.  We diagnose IBS when the symptoms persist and satisfy a classification system known as the Rome Criteria.

Simply manifesting the symptoms of IBS occasionally does not label you as having the syndrome.  This in itself should be reassuring.  Do we know who, or which groups of people may be at an increased risk for developing IBS?

Who Might Be At Increased Risk?

Proctologists, also known as colon and rectal surgeons, advise us that certain groups show a proclivity toward developing IBS.  They are:

  • People living in large, busy cities such as Los Angeles.  It may be that the stress associated with a fast paced life in the city triggers something that starts the disease.  Although the exact cause or causes are unknown, one of the suspects for being a causative agent is stress itself.  Stress is the originator of many illnesses.
  • People under the age of 35 years old.  Again, youth itself is not necessarily the cause of IBS, over half of those afflicted are under 35 years of age.  It is not known why this is or whether it has any relationship to a more youthful immune system.  Perhaps being over age 35 confers some type of immunity.
  • Females.  More women than men have IBS.  And again, unfortunately, this is only an observation and not a cause.
  • People with a family history of IBS.  If you have a parent or brother or sister with IBS, your risk of developing the same disease is higher.  Is this due to an environmental factor?  After all first degree relatives usually have been exposed to the same environmental variables.  Is there a genetic component to IBS?  Or , are both factors at play here?

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal surgical Associates.

At Los Angeles Colon and Rectal surgical Associates, the surgeons are board certified and specialists in treating diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.  IBS is a malady seen often.  Your physician will be able to listen to your symptoms and help arrive at a diagnosis. With a firm diagnosis, treatment can begin.  Your confidential consultation begins when you take the  first step toward renewed health by calling (310)273-2310.