Gastrointestinal disorders are common among those affected by diabetes. Diabetes is a systemic disease that may affect many organ systems, and GI tract is no exception. An Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the GI disorders.
An accurate irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis may now be possible by having two blood tests.
Since there’s no conclusive way to diagnose IBS, doctors typically do X-rays and procedures like colonoscopies to rule out other diseases that mirror irritable bowel syndrome. Until now, however, no test has been available to make the diagnosis itself.
An accurate irritable bowel syndrome diagnosis may now be possible by having 2 blood tests. These tests will confirm the presence of antibodies commonly associated with IBS. The tests will also determine whether a patient has IBS or inflammatory bowel disease – which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, involving chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.
The American College of Gastroenterologists estimates that 10 to 15 percent of the adult population has IBS symptoms, but only 5 to 7 percent have been diagnosed with the syndrome.
The tests will be marketed under the name IBSchek.