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Prebiotics and Probiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

By Bincy P. Abraham, Eamonn M. M. Quigley

In 2014, a team of scientists sought to identify whether the use of probiotics and prebiotics in treatment of IBD patients have a clinical benefit. The study contends that clinical studies to this point have not realized this promise. They further proceed to infer that there is no substantial evidence to qualify the use of probiotics and prebiotics in treatment. While Prebiotics may improve quality of life it is not likely to influence more traditional clinical end points.  

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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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