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Diet, the human gut microbiota, and IBD

By Gary D.Wu, Frederic D.Bushman, James D.Lewis

Gut Microbiota is the name given to a large number of microorganisms that live in the human gut. They have significant importance in maintaining a healthy digestive system. However they also a key factor in establishing the manner of development of various diseases (pathogenesis) including IBD. With a rapid increase in incidents over recent decades scientists suspect that factors such as age, genetics and diet may influence the composition of microbiota subsequently contributing to the onset of IBD. Following a comprehensive study into these factors researchers concluded that the co-exclusion of Prevotellaceae and Bacteroides (more common in agricultural societies) is rapidly rising in industrialised nations which may be a contributing factor to the condition.

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Posted on: February 23 2018

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Good article. I certainly appreciate this site. Continue the good work!

I was very interested in the article "Good Vs bad bacteria - the bugs responsible for Crohn's disease". I was diagnosed with IBD 6 months ago and after a very bad reaction to Pentasa (but unproven) I was told to wait and try again when the symptoms peaked again. However, I started taking Probiotics each day and (touch wood) I have been in remission for 5 months, with high hopes. I am very interested in the research in this field.

My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with UC in July 2016 and after 4 flare ups within 12 months and trying different medications, she was prescribed infliximab. This has been the miracle medication for her and am so thankful that she has been able to return to a "relatively normal life", enjoying school and her passion for sports again (bar 8 weekly visits to PMH for inflixmab infusions, routine colonoscopies and mezzaline daily). I had very little knowledge of UC and autoimmunie disease for that matter; and was shellshocked at how debilitating it can be. We are so grateful to have a wonderful gastro and medical team supporting my daughter and of course the impact that inflixmab has had; however know it is still early days and don't want to take anything for granted.

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