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Associations of food intolerance with irritable bowel syndrome, psychological symptoms, and quality of life

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dec 24, 2021

Jansson-Knodell CL, White M, Lockett C, et al. - An observational study of US-based adults was conducted with the aim to determine the correlations of food intolerance and type of intolerance with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), health-related quality of life (QOL), and psychological symptoms.

  • Participants were a total of 197 adults with (59 lactose, 61 non-lactose food, 77 lactose plus food intolerance) and 273 adults without intolerance.

  • Findings revealed correlation of food intolerance with IBS, anxiety, depression, and reduced health-related QOL; it frequently results in food elimination.

  • Following were the frequently reported symptoms of FI: gas (54.2%), abdominal pain (40.2%), and diarrhea (37.3%).

  • There were higher rates of IBS, increased psychological symptoms, and poorer QOL among adults with lactose and lactose plus food intolerance.

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