10-20 percent of people in the U.S. have IBS and about 10 percent have diabetes. So, it’s a good bet that some of you have both! The pain point? Some of the best strategies for managing diabetes increase symptoms for people with IBS. The good news? Other strategies for the two conditions match up nicely. Here are some important teaching points for people with diabetes, and some comments about how that advice intersects with low-FODMAP diets.
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.
Q. My child is prone to frequent stomach aches. Her doctor says she is healthy and he doesn’t have any concerns about her height or weight. I have pretty bad IBS myself and I worry about whether my daughter might have it too. I’ve heard that a low-FODMAP diet can help kids with IBS. Should I try a low-FODMAP diet with her?
A. Kids can certainly have IBS, but my advice is to avoid jumping to that conclusion.
Q. My child’s pediatrician has asked me to cut back on FODMAPs for her. Now that school has started, I’m really struggling to figure out what to put in her lunchbox for meals and snacks. Do you have some suggestions?
A. Here are some thoughts on putting together low-FODMAP lunchboxes that will please both kids and adults!
A FODMAP elimination diet is not the type of diet meant to help people lose weight. In fact, some people with IBS actually need to gain weight for one reason or another. Unintentional weight loss can happen if you've been ill or if you've been over-restricting your diet trying to find relief of your abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas, diarrhea or constipation.