Diarrhea is defined by frequent loose stools that are often accompanied by lower abdominal cramping. Many sufferers report loss of bowel control and a sudden urge to have bowel movements. They may also feel incomplete relief after a bowel movement.

Who Gets Diarrhea?

Both men and women experience diarrhea.1 A small percentage of people with IBS-D or IBS-M may have celiac disease. Thereby, adverse reactions to gluten may lead to diarrhea.2


  1. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. IBS in the Real World Survey. Summary Findings. August 2002.
  2. Wilkins T, Pepitone C, Alex B, Schade RR. Diagnosis and management of IBS in adults. Am Fam Physician. 2012;86:419-426

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