Irritable Bowel Syndrome
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is used to describe a group of gut symptoms including fluctuating abdominal pain and discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel habits including diarrhoea predominant (IBS-D), constipation predominant (IBS-C), or mixed pattern of diarrhoea and constipation (IBS-M). For a diagnosis of IBS to be confirmed, your GP will need to do relevant tests to exclude other conditions such as coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease.
How is it managed?
There are various factors that can trigger symptoms. FODMAPs are a collection of short-chain carbohydrates (sugars) that aren’t absorbed properly in the gut and can trigger symptoms in people with IBS. FODMAPs are found naturally in many foods. For improvement in gut symptoms, a low FODMAP diet can be followed to help work out which foods may be causing your symptoms.
Why see a Dietitian?
A dietitian can provide you with the right education, guidance and support throughout the relevant stages of the low FODMAP diet, ensuring a systematic approach and nutritional dietary adequacy.