EM1907C "Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Diet and Supplements in the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome" (IM GR-071219)

Purpose: The purpose of this lecture is the educate the listener on dietary options in the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Overview: IBS is a common condition with heterogeneity in pathogenesis and clinical presentation. Current treatment options are targeted at symptom relief. Dietary therapy for IBS has been poorly studied in the past, however newer evidence suggests the use of certain diets, such as the low FODMAP diet, as an intervention in patients with IBS for symptom improvement. Other dietary strategies are frequently tried but lack quality evidence behind their use. Certain supplements, such as fiber, probiotics, and peppermint oil, have also been studied and are favored for use in IBS patients with specific caveats which will be discussed.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the rationale behind supplement and dietary therapy to target certain disease mechanisms in IBS.
  • Identify the key dietary interventions which are recommended by guidelines for use in IBS patients.
  • Understand the efficacy and implications of dietary and supplemental therapies for IBS patients.
Course summary
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  • 1.00 AMA
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Neha Patel, M.D. Neha Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Digestive & Liver Diseases

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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