(HealthDay News) -- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be characterized by symptoms including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, gas, constipation and bloating.
The Mayo Clinic says these factors may trigger IBS symptoms:
- Certain foods, particularly dairy, chocolate, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, fruit, broccoli, high-fat foods, alcohol and carbonated beverages.
- Emotional stress can worsen IBS symptoms, but may not cause them.
- Changes in hormone levels, such as during menstruation.
- Conditions such as gastroenteritis, or excess bacteria in the gut.
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