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FODMAPs: Nutrition research to improve lives for millions of IBS sufferers

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 10-15 per cent of the UK population and can be painful and debilitating for those who suffer from it. Researchers from the Department of Nutritional Sciences have led several key projects in the last decade investigating the use of the low FODMAP diet in IBS patients in the UK and the findings have been a much needed evidence base for the treatment to be recommended by the UK’s NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines.

We’ll continue to stay at the cutting edge of nutritional research to find more ways to improve the management of gut disorders for future generations.– Professor Kevin Whelan, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Working with Dr Miranda Lomer, Consultant Dietitian in Gastroenterology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Reader in Dietetics at King’s, Professor Kevin Whelan and his team have undertaken several randomised controlled trials (RCT) to prove the effectiveness of the diet in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life for patients. The latest research was the largest ever clinical trial of the diet and found that 73 per cent of people with IBS had an improvement in their symptoms when following the FODMAPs diet.

For information on FODMAPs research at King’s or to download the app, visit the King’s website

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