The Michigan Bowel Control Program (MBCP) recently reported that a specialized diet (the low FODMAP diet) will improve quality of life in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In addition to causing bowel disturbances, bloating, and abdominal pain, IBS significantly impairs patients' ability to function and participate in daily activities. MBCP previously established that a low FODMAP diet helps IBS symptoms, especially abdominal pain and bloating. FODMAPs are fermentable carbohydrates that are thought to worsen IBS symptoms. However, it is now understood that a low FODMAP diet not only helps symptoms, but translates to improved functioning and improved mental health as well. Patients on a low FODMAP diet were more than twice as likely to report a significant improvement in IBS-related quality of life than patients who adopted usual dietary recommendations for IBS. There is also a significant improvement in anxiety symptoms on the low FODMAP diet, which was not seen with usual recommendations.
See abstract of article here.