There are more than three million visits to the doctor every year for patients with irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a condition which triggers chronic bloating, nausea, constipation or other stomach discomfort.
It is most common in young women which is why products like Activia have targeted that audience with the slogan "Feel good on the inside." So, does it really work? I asked Dr. Timothy Miller, a gastroenterologist and he says yes, certain brands are a good way to start treating yourself if you think you might have irritable bowel syndrome.
"Activia is one of the yogurt brands. There's a lot of other different brands that say 'Comes with lactobasylis or apsodopholus' which are different types of bacteria in those yogurts that will help you," said Miller.
So how long can you treat yourself before you need to see a doctor? Dr. Miller says since IBS is a chronic condition, it can't be diagnosed until after 12 weeks of discomfort, unless you're over 50 or you have other symptoms like bleeding or unexplained weight loss. If that is the case, you need to see a doctor after two weeks of discomfort to rule out any other problems.
By the way, frozen yogurt doesn't help treat IBS. Dr. Miller says that's just a treat.
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