Both Gluten-free and Low-Calorie Diets Ease Gastrointestinal Ills in Fibromyalgia, Study Finds

Both Gluten-free and Low-Calorie Diets Ease Gastrointestinal Ills in Fibromyalgia, Study Finds
Because the gastrointestinal symptoms reported by fibromyalgia patients are often similar to those of people with gluten sensitivity, a study compared the effects of two diets — one gluten-free and the other a low-calorie plan called the hypocaloric diet — in alleviating the discomfort experienced by FM patients. The pilot study, conducted by researchers in Spain, found both diets of similar benefit in easing symptoms — implying that dietary changes may be of help, regardless of whether those changes remove gluten entirely or lower across-the-board the amount of calories a patient ingests each day. The study, “The Effects of a Gluten-free Diet Versus a Hypocaloric Diet Among Patients With Fibromyalgia Experiencing Gluten Sensitivity–like Symptoms: A Pilot, Open-Label Randomized Clinical Trial,” was published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Gastrointestinal-associated symptoms in fibromyalgia patients are often linked to a secondary disorder called irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But many symptoms cannot be fully explained by IBS, including abdominal pain, bloating, sour taste, abdominal gas, and nausea — all of which resemble those seen in patients with gluten-related disorders. This suggests that gastrointestinal manifestations in fibromyalgia may be due to hypersensitivity to chemicals and food components, all of which can be altered through changes in diet. To test this hypothesis, researchers at the University of Granada, conducted a study. Over a
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  1. Julie Shenk says:

    I’ve been on a gf diet for a decade but I still have issues. My antigens were high for Celiac Sprue so I had to engage in the diet plan. I understand that 2% of FM people do have Celiac Sprue diagnosis like me.

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