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Interstitial Cystitis
What Is Interstitial Cystitis
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Source: Mt Nittany Medical Center

Interstitial Cystitis (IC) is a chronic urinary bladder disease sometimes referred to as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) or IC/PBS. Interstitial Cystitis is a chronic condition characterized by uncomfortable bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes general pelvic pain. Some people say it is like having a chronic Urinary Tract Infection. The pain can range from mild burning to severe pain. While both men and women can get IC/PBS it tends to be far more common in women.  In the United States, some 3 to 6 percent of women -- 3 to 8 million of them -- have Interstitial Cystitis symptoms (source: American Urological Association ).

 

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Interstitial Cystitis Diet

2012_ICN_Food_ListMillions of people suffer with Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome often referred to as IC/PBS. For most, diet is the first line of defense to manage Interstitial Cystitis symptoms and help relieve bladder pain.

The most widely supported diet guidlines for people suffering with IC/PBS come from the 2012 Interstitial Cystitis Network Food List (aka The IC Diet) which is based on research as well as patient experiences. 

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