It's estimated that 20% of Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. IBS is classified as a functional bowel disorder and accounts for 20 to 40% of all gastroenterologists visits. Symptoms of IBS include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, bloating, and gas. Similarly, patients with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) also experience these symptoms.
There are processes in the human digestive tract that help to prevent naturally occurring bacteria in the colon from reversing into the small intestine. For unknown reasons, sometimes these valves malfunction. When they do, or when there is low stomach acid, or poor pancreatic enzyme production, these bacteria in the small intestine can flourish to a point where they cause problems that mimic IBS symptoms. Unlike IBS, doctors can administer a specialized breath test called a lactulose hydrogen breath test, or LHBT for short, that can be used to diagnose this bacterial overgrowth.
Main Symptoms of SIBO
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- Excessive gas or belching
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Abdominal bloating and distension
So now that we've established the similarities between IBS symptoms and SIBO symptoms, and the root cause of SIBO, we can get back to our original question - Do I have IBS or SIBO? or both?
Studies show that over 50% of patients diagnosed with IBS actually have SIBO. One study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles involved 448 doctor-referred patients who were suffering from digestive irregularities. The patients were required to complete a questionnaire. The researchers concluded that 202 of the patients had IBS. Of those 202 patients, 157 (78%) later tested positive for SIBO using the LHBT.
Will IBS Formula provide relief for patients with SIBO? We haven't done any clinical trials to definitively say YES, but we do know that customers in the 1000's have now bought IBS Formula, many of whom buy again and again each and every month. Since it's been clinically proven that more than half of people who have IBS also have SIBO, it's a logical conclusion to say that more than half of our new customers are receiving relief from their SIBO symptoms, whether they know if they have SIBO or not.