|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 946-951
Efficiency of diet change in irritable bowel syndrome
Bandar Mohammed Bardisi, Abdulaziz Kamal H Halawani, Hassan Kamal H Halawani, Aseel Hassan Alharbi, Nesma Saleh Turkostany, Taraji Saeed Alrehaili, Aisha Ahmad Radin, Nasser Moqbil Alkhuzea
Department of Family Medicine, Umm al-Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
|Date of Web Publication||20-Nov-2018|
Dr. Bandar Mohammed Bardisi
Department of Family Medicine, Umm al-Qura University, Mecca
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
Background: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal disorder characterized by symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel habit such as constipation, diarrhea, or both. Food is one of the most commonly reported triggers of IBS symptoms. we aim to assess the effect of diet change in improving IBS. Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study. A questionnaire was developed for data collection in the present study. The survey was distributed online in Arabic language. Results: A total of 1202 subjects participated in our study. Of these, 685 (57%) were female patients and 517 (43%) were male patients. The age of patients ranged from 15 to 55 years, more than one-third of them located in the age range between 15 and 25. The statistical analysis reported a significant correlations between having IBS for three successive days for 3 months regarding age and duration of IBS (P value <0.001), having depression or anxiety before, and if the depression affects IBS symptoms or not (P value = 0.013 and <0.001, respectively). Having dietary regimen, advising to increase fibers, thinking about changing diet improves IBS symptoms (P value = 0.001, 0.005, and < 0.001, respectively) and having treatment (P value = 0.006). Conclusion: According to our results, the prevalence of IBS was higher among females. Some diets, especially onions, garlic, and coffee, were reported to increase the IBS symptoms. Decreasing carbohydrate diets and increasing fiber diet would enhance the patient health where the symptoms where decreased.
Keywords: Dietary regimen, gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome
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Bardisi BM, Halawani AK, Halawani HK, Alharbi AH, Turkostany NS, Alrehaili TS, Radin AA, Alkhuzea NM. Efficiency of diet change in irritable bowel syndrome. J Family Med Prim Care 2018;7:946-51
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Bardisi BM, Halawani AK, Halawani HK, Alharbi AH, Turkostany NS, Alrehaili TS, Radin AA, Alkhuzea NM. Efficiency of diet change in irritable bowel syndrome. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Jan 27];7:946-51. Available from: https://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2018/7/5/946/245738
| Introduction|| |
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder characterized by symptoms of abdominal pain, bloating, and altered bowel habit such as constipation, diarrhea, or both. Although regional variation exists, the prevalence of IBS ranges from 10% to 15% in population-based studies in North America and Europe. Annually, in the United States, there are about 3.1 million ambulatory office visits and total expenditures exceeding $20 billion., Geographic variations range from 7% in South Asia to 21% in South America. The prevalence of IBS is most common between 20 and 40 years of age with a significant female predominance.
IBS can present with a wide range of both GI and extraintestinal symptoms. These include (1) chronic abdominal pain with variable intensity and periodic exacerbations; (2) altered bowel habits ranging from diarrhea, constipation, alternating diarrhea and constipation, or normal bowel habits alternating with either diarrhea and/or constipation; (3) diarrhea characterized by frequent loose stools of small-to-moderate volume; (4) prolonged constipation with interludes of diarrhea or normal bowel function with often hard, pellet-shaped stools and a sense of incomplete evacuation even when the rectum is empty; and (5) extraintestinal symptoms, such as impaired sexual function, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, increased urinary frequency and urgency, and fibromyalgia symptoms.
Patients believe that their symptoms are triggered by certain food items such as milk and milk products, wheat products, caffeine, cabbage, onion, peas, beans, hot spices, and fried and smoked food. Some IBS patients were avoiding several foodstuffs, but there does not appear to be any difference between them and the general population regarding the intake of energy, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. However, one study found that 62% of IBS patients had either limited or excluded certain food items from their daily diet, and of these, 12% were at risk of long-term nutritional deficiencies.
Modification of diet is one of the most commonly used interventions for patients suffering with IBS. Fiber was considered a main therapeutic approach for IBS for a long time, although the mechanism of action is unknown. Fiber's beneficial effects may reflect colonic fermentation with production of short-chain fatty acids or its action as a prebiotic. Significantly restricted diets, termed as elimination diets, are also one of the approaches used in this aspect. Improvement of symptoms was noted in a clinical trial that included 25 patients. These patients followed a strict elimination diet consisting of distilled or spring water, one meat, and one fruit for 1 week. Two-thirds of patients who completed this diet noted symptom improvement followed by a worsening of symptoms when suspect foods were reintroduced.
We conducted this study to evaluate the efficiency of diet change in IBS.
| Subjects and Methods|| |
This study was a cross-sectional study.
Subjects who were diagnosed by gastroenterologist were invited to participate in our study.
- Patients who fulfilled the Rome III criteria for the diagnosis of IBS were included in the study
- Patients of both genders and aged between 15 and 55 years were included.
- Comprised the presence of organic GI or other systemic diseases, women who were pregnant or lactating, drug abuse, serious psychiatric diseases, and cooperation issues
- In addition, patients who had undergone abdominal surgery were excluded except for appendectomy, cesarean section, and hysterectomy.
The study duration was between April and May 2018.
A questionnaire was developed for data collection in the present study. The first part of the questionnaire was concerned with the demographic features of the participants included age, residence, gender, weight, height, and history of chronic diseases. The second part of questionnaire was concerned with IBS manifestation; the first question in this part included eight subquestions. They were about duration of IBS, symptoms of disease, having symptoms for three successive days in three successive months, suffering from diarrhea, constipation in the morning, suffering depression or anxiety, effect of depression on IBS symptoms, receiving IBS treatment, and if the patients have dietary regimen. The third part was concerned with the foods which were asked by physicians to be avoided and was physician asking them to increase the intake of foods rich in fibers or decreasing foods containing starch. Finally, the participants were asked if they thought that the nature of food would help in the IBS and chronic diseases treatment. The survey was distributed online in Arabic language.
Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software version 16 (IBM SPSS Statistics), simple descriptive analysis in the form of numbers and percent for qualitative. Mean and standard deviation for quantitative variables chi square were used as a test of significance to compare qualitative variables significant level of less than 0.05.
| Results|| |
A total of 1202 subjects participated in our study. Of these, 685 (57%) were female patients and 517 (43%) were male patients. The age of patients ranged from 15 to 55 years, more than one-third of them located in the age range between 15 and 25. Their residence was between Dammam (22%), Riyadh (27.7%), Al Madinah (25.2%), and Makah (25.1%). The mean weight was 73.63 kg while the mean height was 162.95 cm with body mass index of 27.34 kg/cm2. Sixteen percent of our participants were suffering from diabetes mellitus, 10.8% chest diseases, 9.2% hypertension, 5.7% kidney diseases, 5.4% heart disease, 4.8% rheumatoid arthritis, and 4.7% liver diseases [Table 1].
The second part of questionnaire concerned with IBS manifestation, the first question in this part concerned with the duration of IBS, 37.4% was diagnosed with the disease from 1 to 5 years, 32.1% was diagnosed from more than 5 years, 20.1% from 1 month to 1 year, and the remaining 10.3% was recently diagnosed (from less than 1 month). Regarding the symptoms of IBS, the most common symptoms among our participants were swelling 23.6% and gases 22.1%. Contractions, nausea, and vomiting were also reported among our participants. About half of participants (52.3%) had symptoms for three successive days in three successive months. Majority of participants (74%) were suffering from diarrhea and constipation in the morning. Also, the depression and anxiety are common among IBS patients, where 81.9% of our participants suffering from depression or anxiety. About 41.2% thought that depression affect IBS symptoms. More than half (64.2%) received IBS treatment. About one half (52%) had dietary regimen while the second half (48%) had not [Table 2].
[Table 3] shows the foods which were advised to be avoided, grouped into categories, most often cited as causing or worsening GI symptoms in the IBS patients; onions were the most frequently reported food type thought to affect IBS symptoms (59.9%). About almost half of the IBS patients stated that garlics, in particular, contributed to the symptoms. Around 34.9% were advised to avoid eating strawberry. Milk product, coffee, cinnamon, mulberry, apples, pearly, ginger, almond, and oats were also reported as problematic.
The third part of our questionnaire concerned with how the physicians advised the patient to manage and enhance their health. About 60.3% advised their patients to increase fibers in their meals, while 55% advised them to decrease carbohydrates in their diet. Around 70.6% thought that changing diet improves IBS symptoms; in addition, 65.7% thought that changing diet improves chronic disease symptoms [Table 4].
The statistical analysis reported a significant correlation between having IBS for three successive days for 3 months regarding age and duration of IBS (P value < 0.001) where most of participants who were having IBS for three successive days for 3 months had the age range (15–25 years) and diagnosed with IBS for more than 5 years [Table 5].
[Table 6] shows the Relation of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms to depression factors. The statistical analysis reported that both of these correlations are significant (P value = 0.013 and < 0.001, respectively).
|Table 6: Relation of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms to depression factors|
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[Table 7] shows significant correlation between having IBS for three successive days for 3 months regarding having dietary regimen, advising to increase fibers, and thinking about changing diet will improve IBS symptoms (P value = 0.001, 0.005, and <0.001, respectively). Also, we reported significant correlation between having IBS for three successive days for 3 months regarding to having treatment (P value = 0.006) [Table 8].
|Table 7: Relation of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms to dietary regimen|
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| Discussion|| |
There was a predominance with less number of females (57%) in the present study compared to the previous studies, which included 74% and 70% females and 91.1%.,,
In our study, the bowel gases were reported as one of the important symptoms of IBS, and onions and garlics were highly recommended to be avoided. These results can be explained as benefit from excluding gas-producing foods derived from fermentable substrates known to exacerbate symptoms. Foods associated with an increase in intestinal gas and flatulence include alcohol, apricots, bagels, bananas, beans, Brussels sprouts, caffeine, carrots, celery, onions, pretzels, prunes, raisins, and wheat germ.
Our results estimated that 60.3% of our patients were advised to increase fibers in their meals and also reported significant correlation between having IBS for three successive days for 3 months regarding to having dietary regimen, advising to increase fibers we can explained this result as, fiber can act as a bulking agent to improve intestinal transit and decrease constipation in a subgroup of IBS patients. Thus, dietary recommendations for IBS patients often include fiber supplementation, especially with soluble (psyllium/ispaghula husk) rather than insoluble (bran) fibers. Psyllium/Ispaghula should be started from low doses in order to avoid gas and abdominal bloating side effects.
We also reported that 55% were advised to decrease carbohydrates in their diet. The reason is FODMAP are short-chain poorly absorbed carbohydrates and have been grouped together under this umbrella term because they all are rapidly fermented and are osmotically active, with additive effects. Feeding moderate amount of FODMAP to healthy individuals has no deleterious effects, but to patients with IBS often causes symptoms that mimic their IBS because of the response of their hypersensitive bowels to the luminal distension mediated by osmotic effects and/or rapid fermentation.
The results demonstrated a higher prevalence of IBS symptoms in patients with depression and anxiety. One of the most diagnosed psychiatric disturbances in IBS patients is depression. Many studies have evaluated the prevalence of anxiety and depression among patients with IBS, seeking care in gastroenterology units, but few studies have been done on IBS in psychiatric patients. An increased prevalence (27–47, 3%) of IBS in patients with major depression (onset or recurrent episode) was reported by several studies., More recently, a cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence of IBS symptoms in patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). Fadgyas et al. demonstrated a higher prevalence of IBS symptoms in patients with depression compared with healthy subjects but patients with MDD in remission did not differ from healthy controls in reporting GI symptoms.
| Conclusion|| |
According to our results, the prevalence of IBS was higher among females. Some diets, especially onions, garlic, and coffee, were reported to increase the IBS symptoms. Decreasing carbohydrate diets and increasing fiber diet would enhance the patient health where the symptoms were decreased.
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