An app produced by the Interstitial Cystitis Network (ICN) may bring some relief to patients with urinary disorders looking to avoid foods that may provoke the pain and discomfort of their condition.
The app, called ICN Food List, is a food reference guide and is available on both iPhone and Android. Tapping into a database of published studies and 20 years of data collected by the Interstitial Cystitis Network support group, the app rates foods on their ability to trigger discomfort. Foods included are divided into three categories: bladder friendly foods, foods worth trying cautiously and foods to avoid.
“Typically, the worst offenders are foods high in acid and/or caffeine, such as: coffees, green teas, black teas, sodas, artificial sweeteners, citrus and cranberry products,” said Jill Osborne, MA, and President of the Interstitial Cystitis Network. She went on to highlight how sensitivity to certain foods has been shown to create a fear of eating for some interstitial cystitis and chronic prostatitis patients.
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