CCFA to Study Impact of 2 Specific Diets in Preventing Relapses in Crohn’s Disease

CCFA to Study Impact of 2 Specific Diets in Preventing Relapses in Crohn’s Disease
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has been given $2.5 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to investigate the value of a carbohydrate-rich diet and a Mediterranean-style diet in preventing relapse in Crohn's disease patients currently in remission. The study concept was derived from a question posed on CCFA Partners, the foundation's patient-powered research network (PPRN). Dietary changes can be a difficult for people with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), because certain foods can aggravate disease symptoms. Well-designed clinical trials assessing dietary modifications that might help with symptom management and inflammation, also, are few. "I've always been curious why many IBD patients can only achieve remission via medication, while some are able to manage their symptoms with dietary changes," Jessica Burris, a member of the PPRN's patient governance committee, said in a press release."When it comes to diet and IBD, patients are often told everybody is different, but little is known regarding what those differences are and how they can be applied to clinical practice. I believe knowledge from this study can positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients living with Crohn's disease." PPRN is a community of IBD patients working with scientists to promote research ideas based on their own disease experiences. CCFA Partners' research model uses a web-based platform for
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