A Starch- and Sucrose-Reduced Diet in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Leads to Lower Circulating Levels of PAI-1 and Visfatin: A Randomized Controlled Study

Nutrients. 2022 Apr 19;14(9):1688. doi: 10.3390/nu14091688.


Bodil Roth 1 2Julia Myllyvainio 2Mauro D'Amato 3 4 5Ewa Larsson 2Bodil Ohlsson 1 2


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1Department of Internal Medicine, Skåne University Hospital, SE-20502 Malmö, Sweden.

2Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, SE-22100 Lund, Sweden.

3Gastrointestinal Genetics Lab, CIC bioGUNE-BRTA, 48160 Derio, Spain.

4Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, 48080 Bilbao, Spain.

5Department of Medicine and Surgery, LUM University, 70010 Casamassima, Italy.


Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by gastrointestinal symptoms. Overweight and increased risk of metabolic syndromes/diabetes are observed in IBS, conditions associated with plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) and visfatin. The aim of this study was to measure blood levels of AXIN1, cholecystokinin (CCK), enkephalin, ghrelin, neuropeptide Y (NPY), PAI-1, and visfatin before and after a 4-week intervention with a starch- and sucrose-reduced diet (SSRD). A total of 105 IBS patients were randomized to either SSRD (n = 80) or ordinary diet (n = 25). Questionnaires were completed, and blood was analyzed for AXIN1 and hormones. AXIN1 (p = 0.001) and active ghrelin levels (p = 0.025) were lower in IBS than in healthy volunteers at baseline, whereas CCK and enkephalin levels were higher (p < 0.001). In the intervention group, total IBS-symptom severity score (IBS-SSS), specific gastrointestinal symptoms, psychological well-being, and the influence of intestinal symptoms on daily life were improved during the study, and weight decreased (p < 0.001 for all), whereas only constipation (p = 0.045) and bloating (p = 0.001) were improved in the control group. PAI-1 levels tended to be decreased in the intervention group (p = 0.066), with a difference in the decrease between groups (p = 0.022). Visfatin levels were decreased in the intervention group (p = 0.007). There were few correlations between hormonal levels and symptoms. Thus, this diet not only improves IBS symptoms but also seems to have a general health-promoting effect.

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