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FODMAPs and IBS: Provider Pitfalls

FODMAPs and IBS: Provider Pitfalls

If you are a physician or mid-level provider recommending low-FODMAP diets to your patients, congratulations on your savvy! You are offering your patients not just hope, but real relief! Today I'm sharing some tips to help you present the diet to patients safely and effectively, while avoiding some common pitfalls.

8 Signs It’s Not IBS

8 Signs It’s Not IBS

A person with IBS has a digestive system that does not function properly, even though nothing appears to be medically wrong. This state of affairs can be quite frustrating if you suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. You may wish for more certain answers about the cause of your symptoms, but the reality is they are not always available. Going down the rabbit hole of the internet will quickly turn up a long list of scary conditions that have these symptoms, too. Although it’s natural to be concerned about these other possibilities, especially if you’ve known someone with inflammatory bowel disease or some sort of cancer, I’d like to help settle your nerves with this post.

The FODMAP Big 10

The FODMAP Big 10

Q. What foods should I look for in my diet to see if I am eating too many FODMAPs?

A. “Too many FODMAPs” means something different for everyone. Still, there are certain things I have learned to look for when I’m reviewing someone’s food diary to figure out whether their usual diet is high in FODMAPs. 

Signs That a Low-FODMAP Diet is Not Right for You

Signs That a Low-FODMAP Diet is Not Right for You

The low-FODMAP diet has become the “go-to” solution for IBS. That is understandable, because it is so effective at helping people get rid of their excess gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and bowel issues. Still, a FODMAP elimination diet isn’t right for everyone.

Research Update: Are Fructose Breath Tests Useful for Diagnosis or Treatment of IBS?

Research Update: Are Fructose Breath Tests Useful for Diagnosis or Treatment of IBS?

In a new study published by researchers at Monash University in Australia, researchers conclude that “routine use of lactulose and fructose breath tests in functional bowel disorder patients is not supported due to its poor reproducibility.”

In other words, don’t bother.

Find a FODMAP Dietitian

National Nutrition Month (March) is a great time to talk about the nutrition practitioners who appear on my Find a FODMAP Dietitian directory. These are credentialed healthcare professionals you can turn to for expert help with your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 

Fructose Malabsorption (FM) and FODMAPs

People who experience fructose intolerance are predisposed to react poorly to large loads of other rapidly fermentable, osmotically active carbohydrates, too. Therefore,  many people with FM will find the FODMAP approach helpful.