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Dyspepsia May Improve With Dietary Changes

Researchers suggest eating smaller meals with a lower amount of fat

MONDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with functional dyspepsia may have improved symptoms when they eat smaller meals with lower fat content, according to a study published in the March issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Amelia N. Pilichietwicz, Ph.D., of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, and colleagues compared 20 patients and 21 healthy controls who completed detailed diet diaries.

Although the researchers found that patients tended to eat a smaller number of full meals and had a smaller total consumption of calories and total fat than healthy subjects, they found that fullness and bloating were directly related to fat intake and inversely related to carbohydrate intake.

"These observations provide insights into the potential gastrointestinal mechanisms underlying symptom induction; accordingly, the consumption of smaller meals, combined with a reduced fat intake, may prove beneficial in the management of functional dyspepsia," the authors conclude.

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