CHICAGO, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ABLinfo.org, the first non-profit website to help people affected by accidental bowel leakage (ABL), launched this week during Digestive Disease Week in Chicago. The web site aims to help consumers and healthcare professionals get the facts and start an important conversation about a condition affecting tens of millions of women and men over 40.
The consumer and healthcare professional website aims to:
- Increase awareness of ABL, its causes and impact on daily living
- Overcome the myths that keep ABL misunderstood and limit care
- Increase awareness that ABL treatments are available, and light to moderate leakage can often be improved with diet and lifestyle changes
"The research from the past decade paints a new picture for ABL today. ABL is a surprisingly common condition affecting tens of millions of women and men, many of whom are in their middle decades of life. The website will finally bring the conversation out in the open so both people with ABL and physicians can access education and resources to better manage ABL symptoms," says Heidi Brown, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and Contributing Editor to ABLinfo.org.
"As a condition with public health and personal health impact, it's time for a new conversation. Too many people feel like they're alone and there's nothing they can do. The fact is there are simple diet and lifestyle changes that can help. ABLinfo.org will catalyze this important conversation for consumers and healthcare professionals," says Kelly Lewis Brezoczky, Executive Editor, ABLinfo.org and Founder, Healthy Mature Living Foundation.
ABL is defined as the accidental passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus not related to temporary illness such as stomach flu or food poisoning. In medical literature, ABL can be referred to as "fecal or bowel incontinence." ABL has long been observed in older populations, but literature over the past decade increasingly shows it is surprisingly common among women and men over 40. When ABL is light to moderate it can often be managed with dietary and lifestyle measures.
ABLinfo.org is a private, non-profit web site and educational resource for consumers, healthcare professionals and the media. ABLinfo.org aims to provide ABL education and resources so that ABL can become part of an everyday healthy living conversation. ABLinfo.org is a project of the Healthy Mature Living Foundation. For interviews and more information, please email Kelley Connors, MPH, at email@example.com
Contact: Kelley Connors, MPH