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Study about diet and stomach pain receives 240,000 euros


When the Dietary Science Foundation was founded five years ago we approved a grant to a study about the effect of carbohydrates on stomach pain, IBS. The study is one of the largest of its kind in this area, and it has now received a further 240,000 euro contribution from ALF.

It is estimated that more than ten percent of the population is plagued by recurring stomach pain, IBS, which cause both physical and psychological suffering. Diet is an important part of treatment, but scientists know too little about the kind of diet that can ease stomach pain. That’s why the Dietary Science Foundation backed a study to investigate the roll of carbohydrates in IBS (read more here).

The Dietary Science Foundation contributed 60,000 euros to the project. The same year researchers received 190,000 euros from the insurance company Skandia’s research fund. Last year the project was given 383,000 euros from the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Healthcare, and we’re pleased to announce that the project has now received a further 240,000 euros in funding from ALF (funds disbursed by the Ministry of Education and Research to the county councils for participating in the education and training of doctors, implementing clinical research and developing health and medical care).

“The grant will allow us to complete the study and do the analyses we had intended,” says Magnus Simrén, who is one of the researchers behind the study, and a member of the Dietary Science Foundation’s scientific advisory board.

IBS study expected to be completed in just over a year

The researchers have so far recruited 200 of the 300 patients to be included in the study. The project will continue for another year before the results can be analyzed and published.

“ If everything goes as planned we’ll be finished at the end of next year, or the beginning of 2021,“ Magnus Simrén says.

For every euro that the Dietary Science Foundation initially gave the project, further investors have now given 13. We’d like to thank everyone who helped us with this venture! Valuable new knowledge will be gained through this project.

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