5 Health Conditions That Are More Common Than You Think

Find out which health issues are surprisingly common.

5 Health Conditions That Are More Common Than You Think

Unfortunately, in today's day and age, it's likely that you know someone in your family or friend circle that’s been affected by heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. According to the CDC, more than half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions and four in ten adults had two or more chronic health conditions. Here are five other health conditions that are actually more common than you may think.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Though they sound similar, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS) is different from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because IBS is a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the bowel and isn’t characterized by inflammation of the intestines. It’s estimated that 10 to 15 percent of the adult population in America suffers from IBS symptoms, but only five to seven percent have been diagnosed. This health condition affects the large intestine (colon) and isn’t considered a chronic disease. IBS symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. This condition doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. Since women are twice as likely to have IBS, the medical community thinks hormones play a role in triggers, in addition to certain foods, and stress. Many IBS sufferers can find solutions by watching their diets, eating at certain times, exercising regularly, and treating specific symptoms with medications.

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