Is the low FODMAP diet a treatment for IBS?

2014-08-26 12:40

If you are looking for a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome known as IBS that could work, consider the FODMAP diet. What did researchers find in a study about how certain foods can significantly alleviate symptoms of IBS?

If your child suffers from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS you may want to consider the FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) diet. Incorporating foods that are low in certain sugars into your child's diet could help with treatment of IBS.

FODMAPs diet can make a difference for IBS

Bruno Chumpitazi, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston tested the diet among 52 children.

Children given low amounts of FODMAP foods experienced a twenty percent reduction in abdominal pain and bloating compared to a group given higher amounts of the fermentable sugars during the study period.

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The study

For their investigation Chumpitazi and his team gave children age 7 to 17 either a low or high FODMAP diet for seven days after completing a questionnaire documenting their symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

The finding of the study suggests the diet can be used as a treatment for IBS that is brought about by changes in how the GI tract works.

Irritable bowel syndrome in children includes a variety of symptoms that include diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping and affects. The condition is thought to affect up to fourteen percent of high school students and six percent of children in middle school.

The diet has also been recommended as a treatment for people diagnosed with Crohn's disease and colitis.

You might also consider the diet if you have gluten sensitivity.


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