Monday, 13 October 2014

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Research Update:

A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Our team here in the Department of Gastroenterology, Monash University, recently confirmed the effectiveness of lowering FODMAP content in the diet on symptom relief for individuals with IBS.  This project was part of the PhD work conducted by Emma Halmos.

In a well-controlled study, 30 individuals with IBS were fed both a typical Australian diet and a diet low in FODMAPs (≤3 g/day) for 3 weeks in a blinded manner so not to influence their judgement on symptom improvement. Overall IBS symptoms were reduced by 50% on the low FODMAP diet, with the greatest improvement occurring one week after implementing the diet. Similar improvements were also seen for abdominal pain, bloating, wind and dissatisfaction with stool consistency, demonstrating the first-ever, highest quality evidence that diet can be used successfully to treat this condition. 

(Halmos E et al.  A diet low in FODMAPs reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Gastroenterology. 2014 Jan;146(1):67-75.e5. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2013.09.046. Epub 2013 Sep 25.)


  1. New to FODMAP. Recently plagued with IBS issues. Gastro doc and primary care Doc both suggested FODMAP . Bought Sue Shepards books. Been on it for a week. I would like to hear from folks with success stories who have IBS

    1. The fodmaps diet changed my life! I have struggled with IBS for more than 40 years. I have tried many medications and diets with varying degrees of success but none that worked really well. Within 3 days on the total fodmaps elimination diet I knew I had finally found help. Learning how to live healthy on a Fodmaps diet takes some educating but is so worth it!

  2. After 50 years of on-going problems with IBS and 2 years of "colic" while a baby on mother's milk, I have been virtually symptom-free since Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Gibson's wonderful insights and plan came into my life. That was more than 6 months ago. I have no trouble sticking to the strictest regimen because I wake up now glad to have done so instead of wondering how much longer I could stand IBS. Not only has this improved by thousands of percentages, but my pre-diabetic blood sugar levels are at the lowest in the
    20 years I have monitored them, much better than average. I eat no fructose, except for spinach and potatoes. I eat rice daily and still have blood glucose in the range of 70 to 100, fasting and daily. After having been told for 50 years by doctors that IBS (formerly spastic colitis) was incurable, i have unending gratitude for these two brilliant doctors (of nutrition and medicine) and their associates.

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  4. 6/11/17 My post of Jan. 19, 2015, still in force. I had instant results, within 2 days of beginning plannearly 3 years ago on 6/21/17, and have had to follow what is mostly the eliminaton diet. But, I rejoice in it, for my IBS/spastic colitis is a faint memory. I wake up every morning peaceful without pain. I feel better AFTER I eat than I did before I ate. I can eat two small meals and a couple of snacks without agony. I have no times when I have to take 4 Aleve at once just to get through the night (or day) (or even one. The "nerve pain" that had no cause, as my doctor/s told me for 50 years, is also in the past. Shepherd and Gibson are still my heroes. They gave me a dietary pain-free life.

  5. Took a week or 2 for my GI issues to settle, then did so very well. I eliminated for about a month then gradually re-introduced. So much of it made sense! Of course there were the prime suspects - lactose, gluten etc but I was so surprised when I had a major reaction (I am prone to anaphylaxis) to cauliflower! But then I recalled - it had made me sick previously. Also realised it is no use asking for a lactose alternative coffee without checking what sort - soy and almond milk are worse than milk with lactose for me! 4 months down the track, I see my gastroenterologist shortly but I have to say that the app has helped my choices significantly.