Change in Diet Improves Lives of Those with IBS

A change in diet improves the lives of those diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a common but hard-to-treat gut disorder.
That’s the result of MICHR-supported research recently presented at Digestive Disease Week that studied, for the first time in the United States, the result of following a carefully controlled diet to improve the symptoms and quality of life for those with IBS.
MICHR’s Theresa Han-Markey, MS, RD, functioned as a study consultant and as a research dietitian. She and Deb Peterman (now retired) counseled participants who randomized to the Low FODMAP diet intervention to eliminate FODMAP containing foods for four weeks. They then counseled the patients on how to re-introduce each FODMAP group of foods one at a time to help the participant identify which FODMAP may be giving them IBS symptoms and to help the participant identify the quantities of each FODMAP food group that may be associated with symptoms. MCRU provided clinical and laboratory support. Dr. Eswaran also consulted with MICHR’s Recruitment team.
Read the full UMHS article.