Researchers now believe that bacteria are the cause of IBS and its many distressing conditions - and they could be the result of food poisoning.
IBS sufferers have bacterial overgrowth in their small intestine, say researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. They made the discovery when they analysed the small intestines of 320 IBS patients; 37 per cent had bacterial overgrowth compared to less than 10 per cent of healthy controls.
In a separate study, researchers believe that the bugs causing the IBS could be getting into the small intestine following a bout of food poisoning
(Source: Proceedings of Digestive Disease conference, May 7-10, Chicago).