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The Ultimate Chronic GI Problems Quiz
by Staff
Chronic gastrointestinal problems affect millions of people each year. These conditions can cause symptoms months or even years before help is sought and a correct diagnosis is found. Take this quiz and learn about binge-eating disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome.

Binge-eating disorder involves:

  • excessive eating.
  • purging after eating.
  • both of the above

What percentage of Americans have binge-eating disorder?

  • 3 percent
  • 8 percent
  • 13 percent

What is Prader-Willi syndrome?

  • another term for binge eating-disorder
  • a genetic disorder characterized by overeating
  • a chronic gastrointestinal disease

What area of the brain controls hunger?

  • the hypothalamus
  • the pituitary gland
  • the cerebellum

Binge-eating disorder can damage your:

  • hypothalamus
  • endocrine system
  • lungs

What are the symptoms associated with Prader-Willi syndrome?

  • feeding problems in infancy and physical abnormalities
  • learning disabilities and behavioral problems
  • both of the above

Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include:

  • diarrhea and constipation
  • bloating, excessive gas abdominal pain
  • both of the above

What is the cause of irritable bowel syndrome?

  • infection
  • antibiotic use
  • either of the above

What aggravates irritable bowel syndrome?

  • processed foods
  • fatty foods
  • salty foods

Poor digestion of ____________ can lead to irritable bowel syndrome.

  • grain products
  • milk products
  • both of the above

How quickly will irritable bowel syndrome symptoms dissipate after foods that cannot be tolerated are removed from your diet?

  • within days
  • within weeks
  • within two months

What food(s) should be avoided if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

  • high fructose corn syrup
  • partially hydrogenated oils
  • both of the above

What supplement(s) should you consider taking if you have irritable bowel syndrome?

  • probiotics
  • digestive enzymes
  • both of the above

Besides food, what else can aggravate irritable bowel syndrome?

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • both of the above

Leaky gut syndrome involves:

  • loose and constant diarrhea
  • leaky membranes of the intestinal wall
  • a malfunctioning colon

What parts of the body are affected by leaky gut syndrome?

  • liver
  • immune system
  • both of the above

The immune systems response in someone with leaky gut syndrome is similar to:

  • an allergic response
  • a diabetic response
  • both of the above

Which of the following medications may cause leaky gut syndrome?

  • antihistamines
  • antibiotics
  • ibuprofen

What should you avoid consuming if you have leaky gut syndrome?

  • caffeine
  • alcohol
  • orange juice

What food should you eat if you have leaky gut syndrome?

  • bananas, onions, artichoke and garlic
  • apples, yoghourt and avocado
  • peaches, beans and rice