Digestive Disease Week

Digestive Disease Week

May 27, 2016
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VIDEO: Low FODMAP diet improves QoL in IBS-D

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SAN DIEGO — In this exclusive video from DDW 2016, Shanti L. Eswaran, MD, from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, discusses the results of a randomized controlled trial that showed the low FODMAP diet improved health-related quality of life among patients with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome.

After 4 weeks, the low FODMAP diet and a “common sense” control diet based on NICE guidelines “both ... improved quality of life somewhat, but the low FODMAP diet significantly improved quality of life in a meaningful way that was not seen in the diet recommendations that were based more upon common sense,” she said. “Specifically, we saw improvements in dysphoria, social reaction, body image, and those are things that really affect IBS patients’ lives.

“We also saw improvement in anxiety,” she added.


Eswaran SL, et al. Abstract #821. Presented at: Digestive Disease Week; May 21-24, 2016; San Diego.

Disclosures: Eswaran reports no relevant financial disclosures.