From July through September 2020, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Association collected 846 anonymous responses via Facebook and Instagram about “SCDers”, or people who have incorporated the diet into their lives, and we estimate the population size of people who follow SCD to be 1,000,000. The estimated margin of error in our sampling is +/-3%. Throughout this report, the term “SCDers” is used to describe the sample.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) Survey gives people who follow the SCD an opportunity to compare life experiences by compiling individual responses to represent an entire SCD Community. The Survey gives the SCD Community insight on how others have incorporated SCD in their lives, their successes and challenges and the effectiveness of the SCD as a treatment tool for the treatment of diseases that originate or directly impact the gastrointestinal tract. As we undertake future surveys, we will refine the variables inherent in surveys to provide more details and transparency.
We hope you will gain valuable information from the survey results. We listed a sampling of results and you may download or review the complete results in pdf format.
Who is on the diet?
The majority of survey
respondents (80%) are
following the SCD diet for
Why do you follow the SCD?
The majority of respondents (91%) have an IBD diagnosis, specifically Crohn’s Disease (47%), Ulcerative Colitis (35%), early onset IBD, indeterminate and microscopic colitis (1% each) and unspecified IBD (6%). Six percent have been diagnosed with small intestinal bowel disease, 4% with celiac and less than 3% each for autism, diverticulitis, leaky gut, candida, c-diff, co
When did the SCDer see positive results?
Seventy nine percent of the respondents saw results within the first three months of starting the diet, with a full quarter (25%) reporting results within the first week, while 43% had positive results within the first month. Nearly a fifth (19%) reported results in the first three months. Six percent reported results within the first year, 93% had positive
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