2 posts tagged “IFFGD”

Promoting better digestive health in April

Posted April 10th, 2014 by

The digestive system contains a bunch of organs (8 to be exact), everything from your stomach to your gallbladder. It’s important to be aware of what can affect all these parts, and this is why back in 1997, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) designated April as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month.

IBS affects the entire digestive system, and there is currently no known cause for the condition. What’s more, many people have experienced IBS, but they dismiss symptoms as routine. Common signs include chronic abdominal pain, constipation and bloating, and sometimes these will be relieved by bowel movements.

IBS is more common than you might think – different estimates report that between 10 and 15 percent of the entire global population is affected with some form of IBS1 2 – so if you’re living with IBS, you’re definitely not alone.

There are plenty of ways to raise awareness for IBS during April, and here are just a few ideas to get started:

If you’ve been diagnosed, visit the IBS community at PatientsLikeMe, where over 3,600 members are sharing their experiences in the digestive and intestinal forum.  See how your day-to-day life with IBS compares to others, ask questions and get answers from people who know what you’re going through.

1 Grundmann O, Yoon SL. Irritable bowel syndrome: epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment: an update for health-care practitioners. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2010;25:691–699.

2 Understanding irritable bowel syndrome. American College of Gastroenterology website. www.patients.gi.org/gi-health-and-disease/understanding-irritable-bowel-syndrome . Accessed August 15, 2013.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month

Posted April 15th, 2013 by

Did you know that between 9%-23% of people around the world suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? However, many remain undiagnosed and just aren’t aware “that their symptoms indicate a medically recognized disorder.”[1] April is IBS Awareness Month and the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) is working to get information out to the public and advance research.


There are some easy things you can do to get involved in your community or even right from your home. Here are just a few of the ways you can help the IFFGD get the message out and help raise awareness.

If you’re living with IBS, find others just like you in our growing community of almost 3,000 IBS patients on PatientsLikeMe. Learn what they’re doing to manage their condition with symptom and treatment reports, and share your own experience with a personal health profile or in the community forums.

[1] http://www.aboutibs.org/site/about-ibs/april-ibs-awareness-month