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If you have complaints such as abdominal pain, abdominal spasm, diarrhea, constipation, frequent need for a toilet, bloating and a feeling of gas in the abdomen, you may be facing the disease restless bowel syndrome. Turkey Medicals member and JCI Antalya hospital Specialist in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology Prof. Dr. told everything that is curious about this disease.

What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or popularly known with other names ‘colitis’, ‘neural colitis’, ‘spastic colitis’, ‘irritable bowel disease’; without any underlying organic cause abdominal pain, bloating and changes in bowel movements that leads to disease.

Irritable bowel syndrome is observed all over the world, regardless of climate, culture, eating habits, race or income level. According to the results of studies conducted in different regions of Turkey, the incidence in the adult population is between 6-19 percent.

What kind of complaints does he make?

Abdominal pain, abdominal spasm, mucus defecation, diarrhea, constipation, frequent toilet need, inability to completely empty a large ablution, bloating and gas sensation in the abdomen cause loss of work and strength in patients.

How is the treatment performed?

Irritable bowel syndrome treatment consists of informing the patient about IBS, dietary recommendations, psychosocial treatments and medication options. It is a chronic disease, because the chronic, long-term drug therapy is not sustainable by many, and diet/lifestyle changes is of more interest.

Make natural yogurt the crown of your table

We are seeing that there has been a lot of interest in yogurt, which is an indispensable part of Turkish cuisine, especially in America and European countries recently. This is due to the fact that the live bacteria from the lactobacillus family contained in yogurt are probiotic, that is, beneficial bacteria. In addition, beneficial streptococcal strains are also available.

Especially in the last 10 years, the effects of a rich bacterial content called microbiome, which settles in the small intestine, controlling our health like a brain, have been shown in numerous studies. In this context, it would be an appropriate decision for us to make yogurt, which is a natural probiotic, the main crown on our tables.

Which yogurt is useful for irritable bowel syndrome?

Recommended for irritable bowel syndrome are yogurts sold in grocery stores with the name of homemade or organic yogurt. According to food standards, yogurts that contain at least 1 million colony-forming bacterial units per 1 gram by definition are yogurts with probiotic properties, which are measured by microbiological methods. In yogurts made by the traditional method at home, a much higher proportion of bacteria is usually formed, which increases the value of yogurt.

The yogurt consumed for IBS should not be pasteurized, that is, its bacteria should not be destroyed by special methods. In addition, no sweeteners, preservatives or solidifiers such as gluten should be added to give consistency and taste or to extend shelf life. Undoubtedly, it is assumed that the milk from which yogurt is made comes from cows, sheep or goats that have not been fed artificial feed, have not been treated with hormones and antibiotics.

Does consuming yogurt cause harm in irritable bowel syndrome?

It is believed that foods containing fermentable short-chain carbohydrates worsen irritable bowel syndrome. One of these foods is milk and dairy products. However, we do not know exactly how yogurt, a source of fermentable short-chain carbohydrates, actually acts in response to claims that such carbohydrates worsen IBS. In addition, it has been proven that some IBS patients are sensitive to lactose contained in milk.

That is why IBS patients are advised to exclude milk from their diet.. On the other hand, it is also known that the complaints of patients with congenital insufficiency of the enzyme lactase, which ensures the absorption of lactose, do not worsen similarly when they consume yogurt compared to the consumption of milk alone. As a result, lactase-deficient IBS patients are advised to consume yogurt with caution and only stop yogurt if they complain of gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea/constipation worsen.

Consume 2 cups of home yogurt a day

In conclusion, it should be borne in mind that our traditional food yogurt, which we can produce simply and inexpensively at home, is a natural probiotic.

IBS patients are advised to consume at least 2 cups of homemade yogurt a day based on the data we have, indicating that they are likely to resolve their complaints in this way.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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