Restrictive Diets’ Effect on IBD Studied in New Review

Restrictive Diets’ Effect on IBD Studied in New Review
paleo diet and ibdA new review on inflammatory bowel disease, entitled “Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Review of Patient-Targeted Recommendations” and published in October issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology summarizes the scarce data on the role of diet in this syndrome and highlights the need for patient-targeted dietary information and advice from the medical community. Researchers are recognizing that environmental factors can impact the severity of IBD. In agreement with this hypothesis, several studies have linked diet to gut inflammation on many levels, such as with direct dietary antigens, alterations to the micro biome in the gut, and higher permeability in the gastrointestinal wall. Specifically, IBD was associated with high fatty acids and protein content diet; on the contrary, a diet rich in fibers was associated with lower risks for Crohn's disease (one of the most common types of IBD); the second most common type of IBD, Ulcerative Colitis was associated with increased red meat consumption, eggs, protein and alcohol. Notably, exclusion diets were shown to improve IBD symptoms and to increase the period to relapse. In this review, the authors compiled data related to three types of diet commonly referred to the literature -- the specif
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  1. Eve Rose says:

    Yes, yes, yes. As a patient deep on the throes of this monstrous disease, I would like to add my own personal plea that the medical and scientific community begin to look at the role of these different diets in both inducing remission and controlling symptoms/prolonging time between flares. I have been told repeatedly that dietary restrictions are difficult to study. Surely, there is a way. I have to believe the great minds of our research community can figure out a way to test and control for lack of adherence which I assume is at least one challenge. Is this the holdup or is it a lack of profit behind the problem. Lets face it. Where is the money to be made? Perhaps a progressive insurance company might fund it as the cost of caring for us, between the biologics, surgeries, and ER visits, are so very high.

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