A Short Note On Irritable Bowel Syndrome ( Ibs )

917 Words Sep 25th, 2015 4 Pages
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is reported to be the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, presenting with a frequency of 5 to 10% in developed countries. Among these individuals, around two-thirds have associated the occurrence of symptoms with their intake of food. As a result, many have made modifications to their diets, which have led to some of these individuals to having a diet that inadequately meets their nutritional needs. Despite the claims that symptoms seem to be related to dietary habits, not much research has been done to evaluate the intake of food in individuals with IBS. The purpose of this study was to compare the diet of subjects with IBS to those without the condition as well as differences among the three IBS subgroups. The authors also aimed to evaluate the relationship between the food intake and the severity of symptoms in individuals with IBS.
This cross-sectional analysis was part of the Oppland and Hedmark (OPPHED) Healthy Study conducted in Norway in 2001. A total of 4621 participants completed the questionnaire that assessed abdominal complaints and diet. IBS was identified based on the Rome II criteria and three IBS subgroups were defined: constipation-predominant IBS (C-IBS), diarrhea-predominant IBS (D-IBS), and alternating IBS (A-IBS). Information regarding diet was obtained through a limited food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) that evaluated the intake of beverages, fruits, vegetables, fatty fish, cheese, and omega-3 fatty acid…
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