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Table 1 Characteristics of the 104 participants by IBS subtype and gender

From: Dietary intakes in people with irritable bowel syndrome

  All participants
n = 104
IBS subtype† Gender‡
   Type A
n = 42
Type C
n = 23
Type D
n = 39
Men
n = 23
Women
n = 81
Age, years (mean ± SD) 33.3 ± 13.90 32.1 ± 12.97 33.4 ± 12.79 34.6 ± 15.63 43.3 ± 15.49 30.5 ± 12.08*
BMI, kgm -2 (mean ± SD) 24.1 ± 4.48 23.0 ± 3.75 24.1 ± 3.81 25.3 ± 5.30 25.7 ± 4.32 23.7 ± 4.45
Total symptom severity
(mean ± SD)
250 ± 75.7 256 ± 63.0 244 ± 83.9 250 ± 83.9 223 ± 74.7 258 ± 74.8
  1. † Differences between IBS subtypes analysed by one way analysis of variance. There was no significant difference in age, BMI or total symptom severity between the 3 IBS subtypes (A-alternating, C- constipation, D- diarrhoea).
  2. ‡ Differences between genders analysed by unpaired students t-test. * P < 0.05