The Business Costs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
According to a 1995 study conducted by the Mayo Clinic IBS costs more than $8 billion annually in the United States for treatment and $20 billion in lost productivity in the work place.
However, the economic costs pale in comparison to the suffering and disruption it causes in patient's lives.
Low intensity exercise such as walking are an essential means of coping with IBS according to experts. However many sufferers are unable to engage in sufficient amounts of walking due to the sedentary nature of their employment or fear of straying far from rest rooms facilities. Treadmill desks offer a solution however.
Employees are able to gain necessary amounts of physical activity by walking while they work. This also alleviates concerns as to the location of rest room facilities for IBS sufferers as well.
An added benefit of walking while working with a treadmill desk is a proven reduction in stress levels, another positive effect for IBS sufferers. Walking also serves as a mood enhancer combatting some of the unsettling negative thoughts which may be brought on by the condition.
Walking also stimulates a more normal, regular pattern of intestinal contraction which also may assist in alleviating symptoms.
IBS is one of the most common disorders that doctors treat. Symptoms include bloating and gas, diarrhea and/or constipation and abdominal cramping. It is estimated that perhaps as much as 20% of the US population suffers from some level of IBS yet only 50% of this number are aware of the condition. If you suspect you may suffer from IBS consult your physician immediately to learn how best to cope with and mitigate the effects of this condition.