Understanding gut disorders and conditions

Gut disorders and conditions

Navigating gut disorders and conditions can be extremely tricky. We’ve put together a list of some of the common gastrointestinal disorders and diseases with information as well as additional resources where you can learn more.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is an extremely common condition within Australia that can cause abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation. It typically is a diagnosis formed when a number of other gastrointestinal disorders or conditions are ruled out. Although the cause of IBS is unknown there are some factors that have been found to trigger IBS symptoms such as medication, infections, stress, certain diets and food intolerances. Treatment options for IBS include, dietary changes such as the low FODMAP diet, stress management and certain medications. Learn more about IBS.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is where an immune reaction occurs when gluten containing products are consumed. Although only affecting about 1% of people, coeliac disease is very serious as it can cause damage to the small intestine within the body. Symptoms commonly include bloating, fatigue and diarrhoea. Coeliac disease is also linked closely with malabsorption as nutrients are not able to be absorbed correctly. Treatment for coeliac disease includes adhering to a strict gluten-free diet. Learn more about coeliac disease.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a name that encompasses two conditions; Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These conditions both result in inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract in the body. Symptoms of both conditions include chronic diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, weight loss and blood in stools. A key difference between IBD and IBS is that for people with IBD, bowel tissues within the body can become damaged. For people with IBD, working with a health care professional is key to ensure symptoms can be managed and long-term damage is minimised through the use of medication. Learn more about IBD.

If you’re experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms or discomfort it is recommended you speak to your health care team for a diagnosis.

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