USF IC & Diet Study


A cross-sectional study conducted by the University of South Florida found that an interstitial cystitis diet (IC diet) does NOT have to limit the majority of foods.

Employing a web-based questionnaire, researchers asked members of the Interstitial Cystitis Association (ICA) about the effects of 344 foods, beverages, and supplements. Almost 600 patients responded—and though nearly all (96%) answered that certain foods and beverages made their IC symptoms worse, respondents also reported that they did not have a problem with most of the items on the questionnaire.

IC patients may need to avoid only a handful of foods and beverages:

    • Citrus fruits
    • Tomatoes
    • Coffee
    • Tea
    • Carbonated and alcoholic beverages
    • Spicy foods

Researchers Stuart Hart, MD, and Rene Bassaly, DO, also concluded that IC patients may be able to reduce food sensitivities by consuming baking soda or Prelief before eating one of the trigger foods.

This study about interstitial cystitis (IC) and diet was on the agenda of the American Urogynecologists Society Annual Meeting held September 30 to October 2, 2010, in Long Beach, California, and published in early 2011:

Bassaly, Renee DO; Downes, Katheryne MPH; Hart, Stuart MD, “Dietary Consumption Triggers in Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome Patients,” Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, 2011: Jan/February; 17(1): 36-39.

Posted April 05, 2011