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IBS and Mild Pancreatic Insufficiency

There are many possible causes of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, including stress, diet (in particular food allergy and sensitivity), and infection.  I suspect that one cause that not many may think of is mild pancreatic insufficiency.  This is when the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzymes, and that can be measured by something called elastase in the stool (PE/pancreatic elastase or FE/fecal elastase).  A recent study showed just that, which is that people with IBS that manifests mostly as loose stools and diarrhea may have mild pancreatic insufficiency.
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