The dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome

  • Berna Harmse
  • Dianne Ivison Panorama Mediclinic
Keywords: irritable bowel syndrome, functional gastrointestinal disorders, FODMAPs, probiotics


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder defined by the presence of recurring episodes of abdominal pain in association with altered bowel habits and no evidence of a structural or easily identifiable biochemical abnormality that might explain these symptoms.1 IBS affects up to 20% of the population, making it a fairly common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder, and affects more women than men. As a chronic, functional GI disorder, it significantly decreases patients’ quality of life.1-3

Author Biographies

Berna Harmse
MSc RD(SA) Private Practicing Dietitian
Dianne Ivison, Panorama Mediclinic
BSc Dietetics (Stell) Panorama Mediclinic Cape Town
How to Cite
Harmse, B., & Ivison, D. (1). The dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome. South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 29(3), 38-44. Retrieved from
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