Risk factors and complications of IBS
What are the risk factors for IBS?
A lot of people are likely to experience occasional symptoms of IBS, however, your chances of developing the condition are greatly increased if:
- You have any kind of mental issues such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders or have a history of abuse. For many women, domestic abuse is a risk factor too as negative emotions often elicit a gut response.
- You have a family member who has had IBS. This may be related to your family genes or the shared environmental factors of your family.
- You are under the age of 45 as these are the most prominent years of the condition.
- You are a female, as IBS is seen in more women than men.
What are the complications for IBS?
Constipation and diarrhoea are both symptoms of IBS and are known to aggravate haemorrhoids. If you are also avoiding certain foods, then you may not be getting enough of the right nutrition that your body needs. This is known to lead to malnutrition.
It is important to be aware that the most significant complication associated with IBS is that your lifestyle is probably going to take a turn for the worst. Your life will significantly change as you may have to avoid certain activities such as outdoor excursions (as you may need to have a bathroom always near), seeing family and friends due to feeling uncomfortable from the pain or experiencing diarrhoea and constipation.
You may also feel uncomfortable in your body due to bloating and face a loss of confidence. This can result in depression, which is often a serious condition if not diagnosed, treated and dealt with.