A study in the Journal of Urology assessed the level of food sensitivities in veterans nationwide. The cohorts—interstitial cystitis, other pelvic pain, or healthy controls—were mailed a questionnaire for sensitivities to foods and drinks and self-perceived effects on bladder pain and/or urinary symptoms. Notable findings:
- ≥1 food sensitivity was seen in
- 70% of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain cohort
- 37% of other pelvic pain cohort
- 32% of controls
- Average number of sensitivities
- Similar in other pelvic pain conditions and healthy control cohorts
- Significantly higher in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain patients
- In the interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome cohort
- Black patients had significantly higher sensitivity to alcoholic/noncaffeinated beverages than Whites
- Black patients reported significantly worsened urinary urgency than Whites
The study concluded, “…food sensitivities could be suggestive of interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, which could make the Shorter-Moldwin Food Sensitivity Questionnaire a helpful diagnostic tool and aid in distinguishing interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome from conditions often confused with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome.”
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