investigate SIBO when these conditions are present, especially when all other treatments for them have failed.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the world. Many of the digestive symptoms of IBS overlap with the symptoms of SIBO. IBS is a functional gut disorder, meaning there is no problem with the structure of the digestive tract. Instead, sufferers of IBS have a problem with the way their gut it is functioning.
SIBO is being recognized as a major contributing factor in IBS. This study found that 84% of people diagnosed with IBS tested positive for SIBO. Since this study was published, it has been repeated many times. Now, it is recognized that an average of 60% of people with IBS also have SIBO (1). This is still a very high number. Anyone who has been diagnosed with IBS should investigate into whether or not they test positive for SIBO. Here are other studies linking IBS and SIBO (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Other Co-Existing Conditions
Here is a short list of other conditions which are associated with SIBO. For a more extensive list, please see here.
I would like to hear from you!
Do you have any of the co-existing SIBO conditions? If so, did you test positive for SIBO? Did SIBO treatment help?
Lindsay Rusk, R.Ac., fmp
Lindsay Is a Registered Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Health Investigator, Paleo Enthusiast, and Blogger.
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