AJLM CME/CE Article Quiz Volume 16, Issue 5

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe recommendations for management options for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  2. 2. Recognize fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAP) containing foods
  3. 3. Describe the phases of implementing a low-FODMAP diet
  4. 4. Identify IBS dietary management strategies that have the highest quality of evidence supporting their use

ACLM and AJLM are pleased to offer CME/CE for one (1) journal article in each of the six (6) bi-monthly AJLM issues starting in 2022. Articles will also offer ABLM MOC for those certified in lifestyle medicine. ACLM members can earn FREE CME/CE credit by reading the CME/CE article and successfully completing the online CME/CE activity. Non-members can earn CME/CE for $40 per article. 

Dietary Modification for the Restoration of Gut Microbiome and Management of Symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder leading to chronic debilitating issues. A healthy diet plays an integral role in maintaining the gut microbiota equilibrium, thus promoting digestive health. The structure and function of gut microbiota are affected by genetics and environmental factors, such as altered dietary habits, gastroenteritis, stress, increased use of alcohol and drugs, and medication use.

Whereas there are various management approaches cited in the literature to manage symptoms of IBS, the purpose of this article is to focus on dietary options that will restore the gut microbiome and help in managing IBS symptoms. Some of the diets that are discussed in this article include a low-FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) diet, gluten-free/wheat-free diet, high-fiber diet, dietary and herbal supplements (psyllium, peppermint oil), and probiotics/prebiotics/synbiotics.

The clinical practice guidelines recommended by the American College of Gastroenterology outlines evidence-based dietary recommendations for patients with IBS to manage symptoms. Recent advancements in the dietary management of IBS highlighting the use of a patient-centered, personalized nutrition approach along with lifestyle changes, pharmacological therapies, and psychosocial and behavioral interventions are also reviewed and discussed.