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Journal:   JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN MEDICAL SCIENCES (JRMS)   FEBRUARY 2011 , Volume 16 , Number 2; Page(s) 200 To 206.
 
Paper: 

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME IN ADULTS OVER 35 YEARS IN SHIRAZ, SOUTHERN IRAN: PREVALENCE AND ASSOCIATED FACTORS

 
 
Author(s):  KHADEMOLHOSSEINI FARNAZ, MEHRABANI DAVOOD, NEJABAT MARZIEH, BEHESHTI MAHMOOD, HEYDARI SEYED TAGHI, MIRAHMADIZADEH ALIREZA, SALEHI MOOSA, ZARE NAJAF, SABERI FIROOZI MEHDI*
 
* GASTROENTEROHEPATOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER, NEMAZEE HOSPITAL, SHIRAZ UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SHIRAZ, IRAN
 
Abstract: 
BACKGROUND: The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common in the general population. The aim of this population-based study was to determine the prevalence of IBS and describe the associated factors including demographic, life style and health-seeking behaviors in Shiraz city, southern Iran.
METHODS: From April to September 2004, 1978 subjects aged > 35 years old completed a validated and reliable questionnaire on IBS.
RESULTS: The prevalence rate of IBS was 10.9%, higher in females, in 35-44 years old age group and among subjects eating fast food (14.1%) but was lower in those taking more fruits and vegetables (10.5%). The occurrence of anxiety, nightmare and restlessness was also significantly higher in subjects with IBS. It had an association with psychological distress and recurrent headaches but not with drinking tea/coffee, smoking or physical activity.
CONCLUSIONS: In our area, IBS was correlated with gender, age, psychological distress, recurrent headaches and consumption of fast foods that necessitate health planning programs by health policy makers.
 
Keyword(s): IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, PREVALENCE, DEMOGRAPHY, LIFE STYLE, HEALTH BEHAVIOR
 
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