• Statistics

    • Canada has one of the highest rates of IBS in the world.
    • 5 million Canadians suffer from IBS with 120,000 Canadians developing IBS each year
    • Each year, the economic and health care burden of IBS is in excess of $6.5 billion. This does not include monies spent on either over-the-counter drugs or prescriptions.
    • A patient with IBS misses an average of 13 work days a year. At $72.60, this indirect cost represents $8 billion of lost productivity each year.
    • About 40% of IBS sufferers seek medical attention. Those with milder symptoms typically end up self-treating through life style changes, food avoidance, and non-prescription remedies.
    • Patients with IBS represent the majority of referrals to gastroenterologists.
    • IBS affects more women than men.
    • Maritime provinces have the highest rates of IBS in Canada with Newfoundland coming in first place.
    • Acute care inpatient costs for IBS are ranked as the 4th most expensive digestive disease in Canada.
    • Obesity enhances the severity of IBS symptoms

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health