New research estimates three to eight million women
and one to four million men in the United States may have Interstitial
Cystitis � also called IC, a life altering, painful bladder condition.
The great news is that dietary modifications can help relieve the
symptoms of IC which include urgent, frequent, and painful urination.
In order to spread the word, Julie Beyer, MA, RD, a dietitian and IC
patient, has written Interstitial Cystitis: A Guide for Nutrition
Educators to help educate dietitians and nurses who provide diet
counseling to bladder disease patients.
of what we know about diet and IC is based on what IC patients have
told us,� said Beyer who has authored two other books on IC and diet,
�For years, IC patients were insistently and consistently reporting
that caffeinated beverages, tomato products, spicy foods, and acidic
fruits increased their painful symptoms. Now, thanks to the work of
Robert Moldwin, MD, and Barbara Shorter, PhD, RD, we have research to
support what the patients have told us all along.�
In 2009, Beyer worked extensively with other IC and
diet experts to standardize what is now known as the �Interstitial
Cystitis Food List.� �We have the basic diet identified,� said Beyer,
�However, the rest is dependent on a patient determining their
personal trigger foods which can vary greatly from patient to patient.
That is where nutrition educators come in!�
In addition to addressing the basics of an IC diet,
the book summarizes the epidemiology of IC, describes what a typical
IC patient may be experiencing, and outlines the modified elimination
diet process that has helped so many IC patients gain control of their
�Not only is there a great opportunity here for
nutrition educators to expand their practices,� said Beyer who has
helped thousands of IC patients over the past 12 years, �it is
tremendously rewarding to help a patient reclaim a life they thought
they had lost!�
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