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What Causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

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(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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Published: February 2015