Evidence-based Dietary Management of Functional Gastrointestinal Symptoms: The FODMAP Approach

Peter R Gibson; Susan J Shepherd


J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010;25(2):252-258. 

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More Than Just FGID

There is considerable evidence to point to a strong association of functional gut disorders with inflammatory bowel disease; FGID appears to be about two- to threefold more common in than in the general community.[43,44] Functional gut symptoms in patients with quiescent inflammatory bowel disease appear to respond just as well to the low FODMAP diet.[45] Other applications include patients with troublesome frequency of bowel actions in the presence of an ileal pouch. In a pilot study, the frequency of pouch emptying was reduced when the low FODMAP diet was instituted, particularly in those who had a high dietary intake of FODMAPs, although there was little evidence of any benefit in those with pouchitis.[46] Likewise, high ileostomy output might respond to reducing dietary FODMAP intake, although the study was not performed in patients who considered their ileostomy output troublesome.[7]


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