IBS Awareness Month takes place each year during the month of April. During this time, we work to focus attention on important health messages about IBS diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life issues.
IFFGD designated April as IBS Awareness Month in 1997. IBS Awareness Month is listed on the U.S. National Health Observances calendar. Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. Health professionals, teachers, community groups, and others can use these special times to sponsor health promotion events and stimulate awareness of health issues.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a long-term disorder in which abdominal pain or discomfort is associated with a change in bowel habit (diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both). Other symptoms may also be present.
Although there is currently no cure for IBS, there are ways to improve symptoms and feel better. Whether mild, moderate, or severe, all IBS treatment should begin with education about the nature of the disorder. If you have signs of IBS, get an accurate diagnosis, work with your doctor, and be proactive in your own health maintenance.
We invite you to help us this April to raise the visibility of IBS in your community and around the world. The more we work together, the greater our ability to have an effect on positive outcomes, such as additional research, increased educational opportunities, and improved patient care for the functional GI community.
Here are a few things you can do to help educate others and improve awareness for IBS in your community: