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Risk Factors for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Sex—Women are twice as likely as men to develop IBS.
- Age—Symptoms of this condition typically begin in young adulthood.
- Stress—While emotional stress is always part of the disease and may aggravate symptoms, there is no evidence that stress causes the disease.
Fauci AS, Braunwald E, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2000.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 12/2013
- Update Date: 00/11/2013