New guidelines for the dietary management of Crohn's Disease
06 March 2014
The Lister Hospital Lead Dietitian, Rupert Allen, is part of a group of dietitians who have recently published guidelines for the dietary management of Crohn’s Disease. Published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, these guidelines provide evidence based, practical guidelines on enteral nutrition, food re-introduction diets, structuring disease and probiotics and prebiotics in the dietary management of Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s Disease is a life-long chronic condition which can affect any part of the gastro-intestinal tract. The nutritional status and the role of the diet in patients with Crohn’s disease is integral to their management.
Corticosteroids formed the basis of the medical management of Crohn’s Disease, but have numerous side effects and longer-term health consequences. Enteral nutrition, through provision of a liquid diet, may be considered as an alternative primary therapy to induce clinical remission, or as an adjunctive treatment with minimal or temporary side effects. Food re-introduction diets should be initiated following a period of enteral nutrition to maintain remission.
Referrals to the Dietitian should be made in writing by either a consultant or GP (with consulting rights).
Self-referrals are welcome, although these consultations may not be covered by a medical insurance company -please check in advance.
For more information, please contact the Dietetic department
t: 0207 881 4104
f: 0207 881 4057
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