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Fermentable Carbohydrate Restriction (Low FODMAP Diet) in Clinical Practice Improves Functional Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease


By Bret A. Lashner, M.D., M.P.H. Fabio Cominelli, M.D., Ph.D.

A large number of patients who have the condition inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience functional-like gastrointestinal symptoms (FGS) even during the diseases’ remission. Some research has alluded to the fact that dietary restriction of fermentable carbohydrates in cases can reduce the effects of FGS. This is what is called a low FOODMAP diet. This was investigated by a team of researchers in 2018 whose findings were published in the Oxford Academic. The team concluded that the low FOODMAP diet delivered in routine clinical practice proved to be effective in improving FGS symptoms for IBD patients.

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Posted on: February 23 2018

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Good article. I certainly appreciate this site. Continue the good work!

I was very interested in the article "Good Vs bad bacteria - the bugs responsible for Crohn's disease". I was diagnosed with IBD 6 months ago and after a very bad reaction to Pentasa (but unproven) I was told to wait and try again when the symptoms peaked again. However, I started taking Probiotics each day and (touch wood) I have been in remission for 5 months, with high hopes. I am very interested in the research in this field.

My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with UC in July 2016 and after 4 flare ups within 12 months and trying different medications, she was prescribed infliximab. This has been the miracle medication for her and am so thankful that she has been able to return to a "relatively normal life", enjoying school and her passion for sports again (bar 8 weekly visits to PMH for inflixmab infusions, routine colonoscopies and mezzaline daily). I had very little knowledge of UC and autoimmunie disease for that matter; and was shellshocked at how debilitating it can be. We are so grateful to have a wonderful gastro and medical team supporting my daughter and of course the impact that inflixmab has had; however know it is still early days and don't want to take anything for granted.


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