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April is IBS Awareness Month! Written by Alice Mika, Dietitian

For the month of April, the spotlight is on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, commonly referred to as IBS, increasing awareness and developing a better understanding of IBS and it’s impact.

Did you know?

  • People under 50 are more likely to develop IBS

  • The impact of IBS symptoms can range from mild inconvenience to debilitating

  • 25-50% of people with IBS report bloating, pain, abdominal fullness and nausea as common symptoms.

  • Diet/food intake can affect symptoms

  • 10-15% of people worldwide have IBS

  • IBS may be present for a long time before diagnosis.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is characterised by a collection of symptoms that includes recurring or chronic abdominal pain, pain or discomfort associated with changing bowel habits, bloating, gas or urgency. These symptoms may flare up or change unexpectedly and without warning.

As there is currently no definitive test for IBS, rather a process of elimination of other possible gastrointestinal issues, raising awareness and understanding of the symptoms of IBS and their impact on day to day life can help individuals seek management and relief sooner.

Individuals with IBS may go many years without a clear diagnosis.

Management of IBS often involves care from a number of health professionals, often including a GP, dietitian, and/or psychologist.

For more information on IBS awareness month, visit

If you think you may have IBS, make an appointment with your GP or our Dietitian Alice, available for appointments every Thursday afternoon.

Alice is an accredited practicing dietitian who has always had an interest in nutrition, sport and the human body. Recently she completed "The low FODMAP diet for Irritable Bowel Syndrome" course through Monash University & currently treats a lot of clients in this particular area.

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