A third study has found patients who use proton pump inhibitors to treat acid reflux and other GI disorders raise their risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. Experts say physicians should reconsider patient's dosage, frequency and long-term use of the medications and whether they could try diet and lifestyle changes.
Gluten has become a hot topic for food manufacturers as marketing experts estimate that 15% to 25% of consumers want to purchase gluten-free products. Physicians, however, estimate only about 1% of people actually have celiac disease. Regardless, the increased attention from mainstream America likely will increase the demand for and number of gluten-free foods, which will make life easier for many celiac patients.
Taking nutritional supplements, reducing dairy products and eating a low-fat diet are among the ways to reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says. Tips also include avoiding foods with a lot seasoning or indigestible fiber and eating smaller, more frequent meals.
Adopting a gluten-free diet isn't an option for celiac patients but it is quickly becoming a mainstream trend as grocers are offering more product choices. Suzy Badaracco of Culinary Tides, which forecasts food trends, says some people hear the words "gluten-free" and assume the product must be good for them.
Stress and anxiety can contribute to irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, according to Dr. Ellie Cannon, along with bowel muscle problems and a lack of dietary fiber. IBS symptoms vary widely among patients, so it's important to pinpoint your individual symptoms and find out what triggers them, such as specific foods, she says.