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Trust your gut: How a specific gut bacteria could help people living with IBS

Kate Ng explores the link between a particular gut bacteria and a restrictive, but effective, diet that could help millions of people

Tuesday 23 November 2021 10:37
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<p>Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) usually experience stomach cramps, diarrhoea, cramping, and bloating</p>

Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) usually experience stomach cramps, diarrhoea, cramping, and bloating

Millions of people who live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) could find relief in a specific diet, if they have a particular gut bacteria that could help pinpoint the right treatment, a new study has found.

Researchers said the bacteria could be used as biomarkers to help identify IBS patients who could benefit from a low-FODMAP diet, which involves avoiding certain foods that could trigger the condition.

IBS is characterised by symptoms like stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, and is usually a lifelong problem. It is thought to affect approximately one in 20 people in the UK alone, and tens of millions more around the world.

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