Risk Factors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.

It is possible to develop IBS with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing IBS. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to reduce your risk.

There are few known risk factors for IBS. They include:

  • Gender —Women are twice as likely as men to develop IBS.
  • Age —IBS affects people under 50 years old and mainly those between the ages of 20-30 years.
  • Recent bacterial infections —the risk of IBS is increased after an infection in the stomach or intestines.
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References:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.... Updated September 12, 2017. Accessed June 27, 2018.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs. Updated November 2017. Accessed June 27, 2018.
Wilkins T, Pepitone C, Alex B, Schade RR. Diagnosis and management of IBS in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2012;86(5):419-426.
Last reviewed May 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 6/27/2018

 

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