Most people can help ease their symptoms with changes to diet, along with other treatment options, such as medication, psychological therapies and lifestyle changes to reduce stress. A recent study established that a low-FODMAP diet was effective in reducing symptoms in about 75 per cent of IBS-sufferers. Treatment for IBS should be individualised. For some people food can play a role, whereas lifestyle factors can have a greater impact for others. You can find more information at www.med.monash.edu/cecs/gastro/fodmap. And, always consult with an Accredited Practising Dietitian before making significant diet changes.