Low FODMAP –Real World Experience

HM Staduacher et al. Gastroenterol October 2017; 153: 936–47

Key finding:

  • In this randomized, placebo-controlled study with 104 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the researchers spent only 10 minutes per patient teaching the low FODMAPs diet; yet 57% reported adequate relief of symptoms.

AGA Journals blog summary: Can a Diet Low in FODMAP Reduce IBS Symptoms in the Real World?

An excerpt:

Heidi Maria Staudacher et al aimed to investigate the effects of a diet low in FODMAPs compared with a sham diet in patients with IBS, and determine the effects of a probiotic on diet-induced alterations in the microbiota.

They performed a 2×2 factorial trial of 104 patients with IBS. Patients were either given counselling to follow a sham diet or diet low in FODMAPs for 4 weeks, but not the actual foods. Patients also received a placebo or multistrain probiotic formulation, resulting in 4 groups (27 receiving sham diet/placebo, 26 receiving sham diet/probiotic, 24 receiving low-FODMAP diet/placebo, and 27 receiving low-FODMAP diet/probiotic)…

In the per-protocol analysis, a significantly higher proportion of patients on the low-FODMAP diet had adequate symptom relief (61%) than in the sham diet group (39%).

The total mean IBS severity score was significantly lower for patients on the low-FODMAP diet (173 ± 95) than the sham diet (224 ± 89), but there was no significantly difference between patients given probiotic (207 ± 98) or placebo (192 ± 93).

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