Special Diet Seen to Induce Remission in Children with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis

Special Diet Seen to Induce Remission in Children with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
A Seattle Children’s Hospital gastroenterologist has documented that diet alone can help some pediatric patients with active Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) move into clinical remission. The results of the study, “Clinical and Fecal Microbial Changes with Diet Therapy in Active Inflammatory Bowel Disease” by Dr. David Suskind, were published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. "This changes the paradigm for how we may choose to treat children with inflammatory bowel disease," Suskind said in a press release. In his study, Suskind put patients on a diet therapy called "specific carbohydrate diet" (SCD) for 12 weeks as the only treatment for their Crohn’s or UC. SCD is designed to balance nutrition by removing grains, dairy, processed foods, and sugars, except honey. Patients who adopt the diet are to eat only natural, nutrient-rich foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, and some meats. At the end of the study, eight of the 10 patients who completed the program showed significant improvement and went into remission. "Stool microbiome analysis showed a distinctive dysbiosis for each individual in most prediet microbiomes," the researchers wrote, "with significant changes in microbial composition after dietary change." Treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s and UC usually
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