Can the right test help manage IBS symptoms?
Irritable Bowell Syndrome (IBS) is a significant healthcare burden, irrespective of setting or geography, affecting around 11% of the population globally. Patients with IBS experience abdominal pain and altered bowel habits, with predominantly diarrhoea (IBS-D), constipation (IBS-C), or both (IBS-M).
Food sensitivity testing in line with an elimination diet has been found to decrease symptoms that are significant to IBS. It is important to use the strongest researched test to make sure that the foods being eliminated are the offending foods, and IgG4 appears to be the most scientifically relevant food sensitivity test.
A recent study found that after measuring IgG4 in 14 foods and the patients four most reactive foods were avoided, 26 patients out of 29 showed a 90% symptomatic improvement with accompanying decreases in the IgG4 after four weeks of the food exclusion diet.
Once the food sensitivity test has reported the offending foods it is important to omit them foods for 60 days. At GC Biosciences we use a 60-day omission diet, followed by a reintroduction phase and then maintain a rotational diet to prevent further food sensitivities. This diet helps most of our clients manage IBS.
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