Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS can affect as many as 2 in 10 people in the UK and is more prevalent in women than in men with most cases developing between the ages of 20 to 30. With statistics like these, it’s understandable that IBS is very common among our customers wishing to apply for life insurance.
The exact cases of IBS are not yet known but several theories have been put forward including abdominal contractions, sensitivity to certain foods, a consequence of a previous gastrointestinal infection as well as mental health issues such as depression, stress and anxiety. Some recent studies have also pointed to there being a potential genetic link.
Symptoms are varied but obviously centred around the abdominal area and are typical soon after eating. Sufferers often report that the severity can contrast from mild discomfort to extreme abdominal discomfort in the form or pain and bloating.
In the contest of a life insurance application, IBS is not often a condition that will restrict a person’s ability to gain cover although as with all medical conditions, it is very important to fully disclose as part of the health and lifestyle questionnaire procedure.
In rare cases where IBS has resulted in a negative outcome for a life insurance application by either affecting the terms offered, increasing the price or both, it’s well worth talking to a broker such as I’m Insured who will be able to look at all the provider options available in the market to determine which provider will look most favourably on an individual’s circumstances.
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