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Irritable bowel syndrome: Stress, sedentary lifestyle and poor diet put young adults at higher risk, experts share | health news


According to health experts, young adults who have increased stress in their lives, and those who lead a sedentary lifestyle without exercise and eat a poor diet may be at a higher risk of developing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

IBS is a common disorder that affects the stomach and intestines, causing bloating, diarrhea, constipation, bloating and gas.

Although IBS has no specific cause, it may be related to an oversensitive colon or immune system, health experts say.

“Irritable bowel syndrome is a form of gastrointestinal disorder. It is commonly reported in young adults aged 20-40 years due to increased stress, sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices,” says Veer Singh Sehrawat, Director and HOD-Gastroenterology, Marengo Asia Hospital, Faridabad. told IANS.

Young people are more at risk due to their consumption of fast food that is spicy, oily and high in added sugars, salt, fat and artificial ingredients; And the consumption of aerated drinks is higher among the younger generation. These food items not only lack nutrients but can affect the balance of gut bacteria that trigger IBS symptoms.

Additionally, excessive stress can cause hormonal disruptions that can affect digestion. Anxiety also changes the regulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body which affects the stomach causing diarrhea, constipation, gas or discomfort.

Manish Kak, consultant gastroenterology at Manipal Hospital in Ghaziabad, told IANS these factors are “leading to an increase in IBS cases in India”.

He explained that although IBS does not damage the digestive system nor does it increase the risk of colon cancer, it can be a chronic problem that changes daily routines.

To reduce the risk of IBS, one must consume a fiber-rich diet, avoid alcohol consumption, exercise regularly, and manage stress through yoga and meditation.

However, doctors warn not to ignore symptoms of IBS such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, straining during bowel movements, repeated belching, abdominal pain or cramps, especially with bowel movements.

“After experiencing these symptoms, consult a gastroenterologist. If left untreated, IBS can affect the colon, or large intestine, which is the part of the digestive system that stores stool,” says Veer.