Role of diet in the management of inflammatory bowel disease
By Nirooshun Rajendran and Devinder Kumar
While the connection between a patient’s diet and the causes of the condition known as IBD are readily apparent to medical practitioners specialising in the field, researchers have consistently found it difficult to prove in a qualitative or quantitative manner. It is conjectured that enteral feeding and polymeric diets are equally effective at bringing about remission in Crohn’s disease (CD). Further exclusion diets have seen to bring longer remission in patients using an elemental diet. In 2010 researchers concluded that techniques to identify specific food intolerance required further research and investigation. This being said, they suggested that progress has been made by looking at factors such as IgG4 responses to food antigens.
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