IBS made up of several unique diseases, research claims — 4 study insights

Researchers from University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute — both in Australia — believe irritable bowel syndrome is made up of several individual diseases, ABC reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, claims IBS consists of several individual diseases including:

  • Genetic predisposition to gut issues
  • Developing conditions after a gut infection
  • Having a chronic gut infection which causes IBS symptoms

2. Dr. Nicholas Talley, pro vice-chancellor of global research at the University of Newcastle, said several individual diseases can be linked to IBS.

3. Dr. Talley recommends physicians approach IBS on a case-by-case basis, utilizing personalized medicine approaches.

4. Researchers also discovered a link between mental health and IBS. Patients who develop IBS, can also develop serious anxiety. The researchers believe the changes in the gut, cause the changes in the brain.

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