PEN eNews 12(11) November 2022 - What is the Latest on IBD and the low FODMAP Diet?
eNews is a monthly e-newsletter shared with the global PEN Community and created to help dietitians position themselves as leaders in evidence-based nutrition practice. In addition, users of the PEN System will find articles on the new evidence, resources and features available and how to maximize one's use of PEN.
What is the Latest on IBD and the low FODMAP Diet?
Should a low FODMAP diet be recommended to individuals with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?
Key Practice Point
Limited evidence suggests that for adults with IBD in remission and experiencing functional-like gastrointestinal symptoms (FGS), following a low FODMAP diet may improve quality of life (QoL); however, no consistent beneficial effect has been reported for symptoms (e.g. stool frequency and consistency, abdominal pain, flatulence) compared to following a normal diet.
A systematic review of four RCTs in 236 adults with IBD in remission and experiencing FGS reported that while following a low FODMAP diet the QoL improved; however, there were no significant changes or inconsistent findings found for FGS, including stool frequency, consistency, abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence.
Grade of Evidence C
No studies were retrieved that examined the effect of a low FODMAP diet in individuals with IBD who do not have FGS.
Grade of Evidence D
See Additional Content: What are the nutrition and safety challenges and considerations for individuals follow the low FODMAP diets?
To see the full practice question, including the Evidence Statements, Remarks, Comments and References, click here.
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Nutrition Assessment: Are you Up to Speed?
Three nutrition assessment practice questions and a background have been updated!
There are also 28 related Tools and Resources that have all been recently reviewed.
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How do I… Customize and Send PEN® Client Handouts?
The PEN Client Handouts are one of the most popular features of the PEN System, but did you know you can customize the handouts and email them directly to your clients from the PEN System? You can add your organization/company logo to the handout, add a personalize note to your client and/or remove the additional resources section.
The customize and share features on the PEN System are not available with site licenses but if you have an individual account with your Dietetic Association, read the steps below to become a PEN Client Handout aficionado!
How do I customize the “Distributed by” box in PEN Client Handouts?
*Skip to Step 4 if your logo is already uploaded or if you do not want your logo included.
Step 1: Click on ‘My Profile’.
Step 2: Under “My Handout Distribution Preferences”, click on “Upload New Photo” and find the logo you want to add. If desired, add a distribution message.
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Step 9: A hard copy of the handout including your “Distributed By” information can be printed from the PDF preview, or click SEND to e-mail a copy to your client or yourself.
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Step 1: Access a PEN handout from the Search, or the Related Tools and Resources section within a Knowledge Pathway, or from the PEN Client Handout Collection.
Step 2: Click on “Customize and Share this Resource” phrase or the icon.
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Step 4: Once you have entered the information, you can click ‘PDF Preview’ to check that information is correct, and then you can click "Send". If you want to provide a hard copy to your client, you can e-mail the handout to yourself, and then print.
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