Patsy Catsos

Bio

Patsy Danehy Catsos, M.S., R.D., L.D. is medical nutrition therapist, consultant and writer, with a private practice in Portland, Maine. She enthusiastically empowers her patients and readers to improve wellness with healing foods and nutrition based on cutting edge science. Her trailblazing book, IBS--Free at Last!, now in its second edition, introduced U.S. dietitians, physicians and consumers to an exciting and effective dietary program for relieving the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. She is the editor of www.ibsfree.net, and a sough-after expert on the subject of diet and IBS. Ms. Catsos is active in her professional association, the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and in its Maine affiliate. She is a professional member of the Chrohn's and Colitis Foundation of American and the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.

Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • President, Maine Dietetic Association, IBS Expert

Location:

  • Portland, ME

Activity

  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    How can I control my IBS symptoms?

    If standard therapy for IBS (such as eating more fiber, drinking more fluids, regular exercise and meals) doesn't help, consider trying a low FODMAP diet. This type of diet is not a permanent way of eating, but a dietary experiment to find out whether certain types of sugars or fibers in your diet...Read More
  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What causes irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

    The origins of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are not well understood by clinicians and scientists. Over the years, our view of IBS has changed and evolved and will probably continue to do so. At the present time, it seems likely that IBS arises from some combination of the following:
    • Abnormal con
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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What kind of doctor should I see for my irritable bowel syndrome symptoms?

    Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian, or contact one on your own. Dietitians are food and nutrition experts and can help with food-related medical problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A dietitian will review your medical history and food preferences with you, and help

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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What is fructose intolerance?

    There are two kinds of fructose intolerance, dietary fructose intolerance and hereditary fructose intolerance (HFI). A person with dietary fructose intolerance gets gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, flatulence, diarrhea or abdominal pain from consuming more fructose at one time than he

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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What are FODMAPs?

    If you've never heard the term FODMAPs before, you're not alone! FODMAPs is the name of for a certain group of sugars and fibers in your food. FODMAPs have a reputation for causing bloating, flatulence, diarrhea and/or constipation for some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

    FODMAPs carbo

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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    Can gas in the digestive tract cause abdominal pain and discomfort?

    Yes. Gas in the digestive tract is created by gut bacteria when they consume leftover sugars and fibers from our food in a process called fermentation. That is actually a normal and healthy process. But the gas produced does distend the intestines (blows them up a little bit, like a balloon) until it is e...Read More
  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What is a good diet plan if I have IBS?

    I don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to diet for IBS. You have to work at it a little bit to find out the best diet for you. First, make sure you have tried basic measures like eating regular meals, eating enough fiber and getting enough fluids. If that doesn't work, or if eating more fiber...Read More
  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    How does dietary fiber affect irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

    While its a good idea to try a high fiber diet, many people with IBS find it doesn't help, or may even make symptoms worse. In that case, a FODMAP elimination diet might help you figure out what kind of, and how much, fiber you can tolerate. FODMAPs are certain sugars and certain fibers in the diet that...Read More
  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    Do I have to avoid all foods with lactose if I am lactose intolerant?

    Many people with lactose intolerance find they can tolerate a few grams of lactose at a time.

    • Fluid milk has about 12 grams of lactose per cup, so a splash of milk in your coffee might be OK, but perhaps not a whole glass of milk or a milk-shake.
    • Yogurt has roughly half as much lactose as fluid milk.
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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What kind of doctor should I see for my bloating?

    Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietitian, or contact one on your own. Dietitians are food and nutrition experts and can help with food-related medical problems such as bloating. A dietitian will review your medical history and food preferences, and help you develop a meal plan to

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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    Are there any foods that cause diarrhea?

    The answer to this question can be different for each person. Just because a particular food is a common food trigger for diarrhea, doesn't mean it is for you. You should make a serious attempt to figure out  your personal food triggers if you have chronic diarrhea. If you limit your diet too much

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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    What is chronic diarrhea?

    Chronic diarrhea is frequent, loose, watery stools lasting at least four weeks. Diarrhea that lasts more than a few days, especially if bloody or accompanied by a fever, should be evaluated and treated by your health care provider. Possible causes of of chronic diarrhea include:

    • Infection with bacteria,
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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    Why does my stool sink?

    Stool sinks or floats depending on how much air (gas) it contains. If there is little or no gas trapped in the stool, it sinks. If it contains a lot of tiny gas bubbles, it floats. The amount of gas in your stool is affected by the foods you eat, the types of bacteria that normally live in your gut,

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  • Patsy Catsos - Portland, ME - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Patsy Catsos answered:

    Is fructose malabsorption the same as fructose intolerance?

    No. If your small intestine doesn't completely absorb all the fructose in your meal, we call that fructose malabsorption (FM). If that malabsorbed fructose causes you to have uncomfortable or painful symptoms like bloating, flatulence, or diarrhea, we call that collection of symptoms dietary fructose...Read More