Perceived food sensitivity may be associated with severe illness

Eighty-four patients who were referred to an outpatient clinic for perceived food hypersensitivity were subsequently enrolled in a study to determine and common underlying factors. The study, carried out by researchers from the Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital in Oslo, and the University of Bergen, both in Norway, found that all but one of the 84 had diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), of which 58% had severe symptoms. Chronic Fatigue and fibromyalgia were present in 85% and 71% respectively, with malabsorption of fat in 10 of 38 patients. Neither IgE nor organic pathology could explain the patients’ symptoms, suggesting that the presence of these three symptoms – IBS, chronic fatigue and musculoskeletal pain may have a common cause, possibly associated with perceived food hypersensitivity.

Source: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology

First published April 2012

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