The links between smoking and lung damage are well documented, but smoking also damages other organs in the body, including the gastrointestinal tract.
Half of all people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) suffer from insomnia. Many report being woken from sleep by abdominal pain, often several times during the night, and unsurprisingly they say they wake in the morning feeling tired and not rested.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects one in five people in the UK, according to NHS Choices, although the actual figure is believed to be higher as not everyone with IBS symptoms will see a doctor.
To mark International Women’s Day we’re keen to talk about a gut disorder which, according to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, is “a major women’s health issue” globally.
Did you know that millions of microorganisms live in and on your body… so many, in fact, that certain scientists call them our “second genome”? Their genes outnumber ours by 150 to one and some scientists even consider them to be another one of our organs.
“All in the mind” is sometimes used in a disparaging way to dismiss someone’s symptoms or, worse still, cast doubt over whether the symptoms exist at all. Yet there are clear links between stress and physical symptoms and none more so than in the case of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
It’s Christmas party season and if you’re an IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) sufferer you may have more to worry about than simply what to wear.
It’s a question we are often asked as gastrointestinal specialists. It is understandable that people with IBS can feel anxious about its potential impact on their relationship – it can be a bit of a passion killer if your stomach is bloated and you are affected by bouts of recurrent diarrhoea or constipation… or both.
If you suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) the Festive season can be hard on your tummy. Because, alongside all of the fun, stress and many other factors can trigger your IBS symptoms.
Throughout November, the global spotlight falls on men’s health thanks to the Movember movement. The Movember Foundation was founded in Australia to stop men dying young from preventable disease and is now a worldwide phenomenon.