Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 04:20 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I have been told I have Leaky Gut Syndrome. Can you explain what this is?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
This is a non-medical term used to describe a bowel condition that needs to be further defined. The hypothesis is that the bowel wall becomes more permeable to bacteria and viruses and this sets the stage for pain, gas, and spasm caused by irritable bowel syndrome.
 
Such symptoms can be caused by an infection, colitis, or other digestive problems and should be evaluated by a medical doctor or gastroenterologist (a specialist in bowel health).

Most people with this condition have irritable bowel syndrome that can be managed effectively by a high-fiber diet and appropriate anti-spasm medications.

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