April is IBS Awareness Month
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is so common that it’s likely you know at least one person with this functional disorder. In 2003, the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research advocated to mayors across Canada and succeeded in having April declared as IBS Awareness Month. Read all about IBS here or check out our other articles and videos below.
- 13-20% of Canadians (approximately 4.5-7 million individuals) are living with IBS
- only 40% of them will seek medical help
- it is more common in women, but still affects many men
- people of all ages have IBS, from young children to the elderly
- the economic burden of IBS is $6.5 billion annually in Canada
- Canadians with IBS miss an average of 13 days of work per year, leading to a further $8 billion in lost productivity
- the primary symptoms are what we call the ABCDs of IBS – Abdominal pain, Bloating, and Constipation and/or Diarrhea
- symptoms can come and go, so you might feel well for a while only to get symptoms again
Are you a visual learner? Check out our irritable bowel syndrome videos below or on our YouTube channel badgutcanada. Part one gives an overview of IBS and part two briefly discusses treatments.
Last year we held a survey asking individuals to answer questions about their experiences with IBS. View the results at www.badgut.org/ibs-survey-results.
If you were one of the respondents, or if you didn’t fill out the first survey but you have IBS, please consider taking part in our very short follow-up survey at www.badgut.org/ibs-follow-up.
Feel free to download, print, and distribute these posters to promote awareness in your neighborhood. For instance, why not take it to your next doctor’s appointment and ask if you can post it in their office.
Click here to download a PDF of our poster.