Bowels remain one of our society’s last taboos and men are particularly reluctant to discuss anything relating to their bowel function. The problem is that this reluctance is putting men’s lives at risk.
The message about eating a healthy balanced diet is one that doctors and nutritionists have been repeating for decades. The “Five a Day” mantra about consuming a minimum of five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day has passed into common parlance, even among some children.
World IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Day on May 19 shines a spotlight on two chronic and incurable conditions – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – which are sometimes referred to as “invisible diseases”.