Discusses the treatment and management of the irritable bowel syndrome and also how the condition is diagnosed and is for patients and the public. It is the third in the series of four videos.
This video will attempt to answer the following QUESTIONS;
• Does life style modifications and diet help in IBS ?
• What is the role of drugs in IBS ?
• Does psycho-therapy have a role in IBS ?
• IBS , in this presentation, means the Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• FODMAP is an abbreviation for fermentable carbohydrates that many people cannot digest properly.
• Food intolerance is difficulty in digesting food and is not due to allergy.
• Food allergy is an allergic reaction where the food triggers the immune system.
• Fermentable foods are carbohydrates that stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines.
• Malabsorption is a condition where the small intestine is unable to effectively absorb nutrients from foods
• Lactose, glucose and fructose are types of sugars
Most people learn how to live with IBS with diet and life style modification. Medicines are mainly used to relieve symptoms. Psycho-therapy might help if the patient realizes that stress and anxiety make the symptoms worse.
The videos are easy to understand and tries to use everyday language as far as possible. The videos are full of images and follow a standard format of topic objective, word index, content and summary. Each topic covers diagnosis, investigation, management and prevention. Videos are an average of between 5 to 10 minutes. I created the videos, using my over 30 years of experience in managing patients with gut and liver problems . I am a gastroenterologist and hepatologist and was trained in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and Tokyo and have worked in academia and the private sector.
As the adage goes “A picture is worth a thousand words”. I believe combining images and explanations using blackboards, helps one better understand a medical condition. With knowledge, a person gets a better sense of control, and hence is empowered to make informed decisions.