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International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

Digestive Health Monthly - April 2017

IBS is one of the most prevalent digestive disorders, affecting an estimated 10% to 15% of the population worldwide. Yet many people remain undiagnosed and unaware that their symptoms indicate a medically recognized disorder.    

This April, join us in recognizing the 20th Annual IBS Awareness Month. The more we work together to raise awareness for IBS, the greater our ability to make a positive impact on the lives of all those affected. 
See Your Doctor for Symptoms
IFFGD raises awareness of IBS to help people get the right treatment

This April, IFFGD encourages individuals experiencing persistent or recurring symptoms that may be IBS to talk to their doctor. IBS is one of the most burdensome chronic ailments affecting the digestive tract, but many people suffering with the condition have not received a diagnosis. Talking with your doctor and obtaining an accurate diagnosis are the first steps towards achieving your treatment goals.

Read IFFGD's IBS Awareness Month 2017  educational release to learn more. O r, visit our website at www.aboutibs.org.
Tips to Reduce Bloating

"I feel pregnant," or even "I look pregnant," are commonly heard by IBS sufferers. In fact, bloating is one of the most bothersome symptoms reported by individuals affected by IBS. While there is no cure for bloating in IBS, there are a number of things you can do to help reduce this symptom.

Get tips to help reduce bloating here.  
Looking Forward to DDW 2017  

Next month IFFGD will be at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2017 in Chicago along with clinicians, researchers, industry representatives, and others from around the world to catch up on the latest in digestive health research and patient care. If you are attending, be sure to visit us at booth #3434.

Click here to see medical news announced at last year's meeting. 
The Mind-Gut Conversation
A video with Emeran Mayer, MD, and Dan Siegel, MD.

In a new video, Dr. Emeran Mayer and Dr. Dan Siegel talk about the constant conversation taking place between the mind and the gut and its role in health. 

Watch it here .

And, to learn more about how the brain and the gut communicate, check out IFFGD's interview with Dr. Mayer on new discoveries being made in the science of brain-gut interactions and what these developments mean for people with functional GI and motility disorders. 
Tweet for IBS Awareness

Social media is a powerful platform for raising awareness. Join IFFGD and the digestive health community this month in spreading the word about IBS and the need for increased research by tweeting with hashtags #IBSAwarenessMonth and #IBSMonth

And, be sure to follow us at @IFFGD and @WeAreDHA.
IFFGD is a nonprofit organization. We rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

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