187. Cutting-Edge Therapies for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: From Risky Business to Evidence-Based Practice

Sunday, October 27
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location: Terrace Ballroom III/IV
CE: 1.5
Level 3 – Advanced
Activity Code: 149377

Gut health is the latest craze to hit media headlines, but unlike other trends, the role of nutrition is backed by science and included in healthcare guidelines. There is growing scientific support for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a condition of excessive bacterial growth in the small intestine, as a cause for the rise in rates of gastrointestinal complaints including excessive bloating, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. RDNs should be familiar with the clinical features, nutritional consequences, and diagnostic testing for SIBO. Join two internationally recognized GI specialists as they provide an overview of the etiology, diagnostics, medical management, and future research directions for SIBO, including the role of the gut-brain axis. Dietitian-led interventions to be reviewed include diets for symptom management and nutritional repletion, assessment of maladaptive eating, and the potential role of probiotics and prebiotics for this condition.

Planned with the Medical Nutrition Therapy Practice Group

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify risk factors for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
  • Explain the recommended approach to evaluation and diagnosis of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
  • Detail the potential nutritional consequences of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 5220 Gastrointestinal disorders (disease/disorder)
  • 5110 Allergies, sensitivities (disease/disorder)
  • 3060 Laboratory tests

Performance Indicator:

  • 10.2.1 Identifies and selects valid and reliable tools to conduct a comprehensive nutrition assessment.
  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 8.4.4 Considers customers choice, beliefs, food sensitivities, allergies, wants and needs.


  • Makayla Schuchardt, MS, RDN, CNSC

    Faculty Associate

    University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • Speaker(s)

  • Megan Rossi, PhD, BHSc, RD

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gut Health Consultant Dietitian

    King’s College London, The Gut Health Doctor

  • Kate Scarlata, RDN, LDN

    Owner + Nutrition Consultant

    Digestive Peace of Mind, LLC