IBS Awareness Month

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Written by: CDHF

Updated: May 1st, 2023

April is IBS Awareness Month in Canada! Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is considered a functional gut disorder. It involves problems with motility (movement of digested food through the intestines) and sensitivity (how the brain interprets signals from the intestinal nerves). This leads to abdominal pain, changes in bowel patterns and symptoms such as bloating, and gas.

IBS is not all in your head. Symptoms are very real and can be distressing. It may comfort you to know that IBS is very common, so you’re not alone. Canada has one of the highest prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the world – estimated 18% vs. 11% globally 1. This month, we are highlighting new, and helpful resources to raise awareness for this condition that affects so many, and provide science-based resources for those who currently have IBS. Think you may have IBS? Take our quiz!

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New Resources for IBS Awareness Month

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for managing IBS since every individual has their own unique experience with symptoms and triggers. We recommend working with your doctor or registered dietitian to find out what works best for you. There are various treatment options which can help reduce its effects so that you can live your life. We’ve outlined some evidence based strategies in our new resources below.

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Toolkit for the Newly Diagnosed

If you have recently been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you are likely asking yourself, what do I do now? CDHF has compiled some things to consider and learn about as you navigate your IBS diagnosis! 

It’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for managing IBS since every person with IBS will have their own unique experience with symptoms and triggers. We recommend working with your doctor or registered dietitian to find out what works best for you. However, there are various treatment options which can help reduce its effects so that you can live your life. We’ve outlined some evidence based strategies below.

Helpful Resources

Try CDHF’s myIBS app – Symptom and Health diary for those with IBS

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CDHF’s myIBS app is a symptom & health diary app for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). myIBS App is a free, easy-to-use, comprehensive tracking app for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The app allows you to digitally journal your symptoms, poop, food, sleep, stress and more, to help you better understand and manage your IBS.  myIBS is designed to help improve communication with your doctor by tracking exactly what you are experiencing on a day-to-day basis. myIBS also includes valuable research and information about IBS to help you better understand your digestive health.

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LyfeMD App – Effective Strategies to help Manage IBS app

The LyfeMD app is an effective digital health platform to support diet, lifestyle and wellness for patients living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A percentage of your purchase goes toward supporting the development of CDHF’s awareness and educational programs, in addition to funding research endeavours for gastrointestinal disorders. The LyfeMD app provides:

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Online IBS Program from Dietitians

By using a combination of low-FODMAP eating techniques and supplements (if needed), your IBS Dietitian from NutriProCan will help you to manage your symptoms while still meeting your nutrition needs and managing life’s demands. 

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The IBS nutrition therapy program is designed to help relieve or resolve the following IBS symptoms:

The program consists of a personalized, step-wise low-FODMAP IBS diet, low-FODMAP recipes, high-quality supplements where needed, structured meal planning, coaching and support for overcoming any barriers or making lifestyle and habit changes.

This program was developed in collaboration with GI specialists and many doctors refer to this program, however, a referral is not required. As recognized and trusted healthcare providers, NutriProCan’s dietitians can collaborate with your doctors and specialists, with your consent. Their registered dietitians are also knowledgeable about nutrient-drug interactions to help ensure your plan is comprehensive.

This program also incorporates the free CDHF myIBS App to help better track your symptoms and progress as you are working through this program for sustainable results.

A portion of the IBS Program Package sales is donated to CDHF. For IBS month only, you will receive 10% off by enquiring through the link below:

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Other CDHF IBS Resources:

IBS Patient Stories:

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References:

  1. Lovell RM and Ford AC. Global prevalence of and risk factors for irritable bowel syndrome: A meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 Jul;10(7):712-21.e4.
  2. Gastrointestinal Society. 2018. IBS Global Impact Report 2018. https://badgut-5q10xayth7t3zjokbv.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/IBS-Global-Impact-Report.pdf

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