Given the lack of research on interstitial cystitis (IC) and diet, it is not surprising that there are differing views on how to best approach eating when you have IC. Barbara Shorter, EdD, RD, CDN, a registered dietitian and ICA Medical Advisory Board member, explains that in order to develop firm guidelines on an IC diet, we need to collect data from double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical studies. Then, we will have not only the patient-report questionnaires, but also some clear proof that dietary components can make a difference for many.

The ICA encourages patients to eat a wide variety of foods. Many IC patients are so afraid to eat that they limit more foods than necessary—and then end up with poor a nutrient intake. By providing a review of different approaches, we hope you’ll see that if there is a food or food group that you have to limit. If that is the case, there are alternative foods and beverages that offer similar nutrients.

Revised Monday, March 30th, 2015