Do you experience digestive discomfort? Has your doctor told you that you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? It may be as a result of SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). SIBO, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, is characterized by an overgrowth of various types of bacteria in the small intestine, bacteria which are largely only found in the colon. SIBO was initially thought of as a rare condition, however it is now recognized as a more prevalent digestive disorder than previously acknowledged. A metaanalysis has shown the prevalence of SIBO to be approximately 64% among patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (1). The symptoms of SIBO vary, from mild (constipation, gas, bloating) to suffering from chronic diarrhea, weight loss, and malabsorption. It has been realized that the symptoms of SIBO closely overlap symptoms of IBS, which allows for most patients to be wrongly diagnosed with IBS.
To learn more about SIBO, read this article by our Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Lara Spector. Dr. Lara has clinic hours on Thursdays and Saturdays and has a focus on digestive conditions.