My visit to the GI doctor today
I visited the GI today for the first time since starting the low-FODMAP diet…
I told him the low-FODMAP diet was working great for me and he basically smiled and said, “that’s great! Keep at it!” I was hoping he would test me for fructose malabsorption or lactose intolerance but he said it wasn’t necessary. He said the best test for those things was eliminating them and seeing you respond. So, if I’m responding well, then I probably would do best to avoid them in general.
I like how he doesn’t want to pull me through a bunch of tests that cost money and time… but part of me wishes he craved “conclusions” as much as I do. He said that colleagues don’t find breath tests as reliable as they’d like. So he didn’t see the use for putting me through one. I also didn’t realize that he tested me for Celiac slu (?) a year ago via a blood test and I came back negative. So, that’s great news!
So, if you want to visit your GI to get diagnosed with Lactose or Fructose intolerance, you may– but your doctor may just tell you it’s not necessary if you are already doing well on the low-FODMAP diet.
He said he has been very impressed lately with the research coming out about the low FODMAP diet. He told me that the results have been more impressive for the Low-FODMAP diet helping IBS patients than the research behind the Gluten-Free diet helping Gluten intolerant people! I had no idea. I think that’s really saying something.
However, he said there’s not real way to know who the low-FODMAP diet will work for. That is one of the draw backs to the diet. They can’t know who to recommend it for and who not to.
I really hope the low-FODMAP diet will start hitting the mainstream soon so that we start seeing low-FODMAP lines of food and snacks! And I hope more chefs in restaurants become aware of it. Here’s to hoping!
(Hearing that top IBS specialists at the University of Michigan Hospital are holding forums for colleagues on this diet is very encouraging! My GI doc went to one just this past Thursday.)
In conclusion, I will be following the Low-FODMAP diet as closely as I can for a while. It works for me. It’s not always fun, but the occasional cheat seems to be ok, so maybe I can live =) I also love to cook, which is very helpful.