Reduced fibre.

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Hi all, anyone benefitted from reducing fibre intake.

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    Medical research into fibre has moved on in recent decades and it is recognised that for some people, increasing insoluble fibre can worsen symptoms of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome. However, there is high quality evidence that low fibre diets are linked with a higher risk of medical conditions including heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer (https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/tl-pss011019.php).

    Many patients who cannot tolerate insoluble fibre in their diets find that they can tolerate soluble fibre, and that it improves gut-related symptoms.

    You can find out more at https://patient.info/news-and-features/fibre-food-and-gut-bacteria

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    Hi martin...I have severe IBS and over time lost my ability to tolerate any fiber.

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    yes. when i was first diagnosed with ibs i was told to eat more fibre and was given fybogel. i went out and bought all bran and any high fibre foods i could find. this made me the worst ive ever been and ended up with an infected bowel . Ive realised now that when i have a bout i cut fibre down and have a spoon of olive oil in the morning and can still eat fruit fibre and now my bouts of ibs are no where near as bad as when i increased fibre. I find oats are tolerable .

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    I can tolerate all fibre and it helps my constipation without causing any side effects. Eating more fibre to help constipation is not myth because different things work for different people. There is no one size fits all.

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      That is true, but eating more fibre is not based on scientific fact, and any studies done have not confirmed eating more fibre will help, in fact the opposite results.

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      Studies are not important and can be misleading because researchers can skew the results to get the answers they want. This is the way researchers work. This research you found is confusing because it only takes account of those people who are not helped by eating more fibre and doesn't include those who are helped by it. If we all believed this research, it would lead us to believe that increasing fibre in our diets is bad for everyone which is simply untrue. Different things work for different people. People have to try things for themselves to find out what works for them.

      What foods are good or bad for us changes on a daily basis according to the whims of whoever is doing the studies . This is also misleading.

      The only research worth talking about is patient experience which proves that eating more fibre can help some people including myself. I was advised by doctor to eat more fibre to help my IBS C and in this instance medical science, even if you think it flawed, worked for me.

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    I understand there are two types of fiber; soluble and insoluble. They say we need soluble fiber as it is more gentle. Insoluble fiber sounds like it would cause gas, pain and all of the other lovely side effects we know too well. Soluble fiber is supposed to be good for both IBS-C&D. I tried it and it does clean you out but you need to be near a bathroom and isn't predictable I take Citrucel. Check out the reviews on Amazon. People are very honest. I tried Benefiber and it was not as gentle. People also rave about Metamucil crackers. I think it is best to start gradually on a safe day before a flair and when you are going to be home.

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