Welcome to the monthly eNewsletter of the
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

Digestive Health Monthly - April 2016


How quickly another April and another IBS Awareness Month has gone by. Since 1997 we have set aside the month of April to focus attention on raising global awareness of the impact of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) on the quality of life of those affected and to take the opportunity to share important health messages about IBS symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

But, before the month ends and it's time to move on to other things let's take a look back at what we have learned.   
Help Advance IBS Research

Participating in clinical trials and studies is a great way to help advance research as well as become more active in your own health care. Studies may require in-person participation or can be conducted online from the comfort of your own home.

To browse studies that are currently recruiting, click here.
Five Low FODMAP Diet Pitfalls 
(and What You Can Do to Avoid Them)

People with IBS have been increasingly looking to the low FODMAP diet to help manage their symptoms. But, it isn't right for everyone. And, done improperly, it can cause more harm than good. If considering the diet, check out this list of 5 low FODMAP diet pitfalls  and what you can do to avoid them.
IBS in the News

Get the latest IBS research news here:

We regularly report on research studies and medical news that provide clues to help us better understand GI conditions. Find the latest here.   

IBS in Kids and Teens 

IBS doesn't just affect adults. In fact, IBS is thought to occur in children at a rate similar to adults. One study suggests that up to 6-14% of adolescents may experience symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of IBS.

Click here for more information on the diagnosis and treatment of IBS in kids and teens. 
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