Low Carb Diet May Improve Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's & IBD
Dr Richard Gearry, senior lecturer at Otago University's Christchurch School of Medicine, has found a low-carbohydrate diet can quickly ease the suffering of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
In a study of 100 patients at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria, Australia, Gearry found the diet was effective in more than half of those with IBD � an umbrella term for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
"Doctors have known for a long time that patients know what affects their condition and causes symptoms," he said.
"Dietitians and doctors and scientists looked at this more closely and identified a number of foods that can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea."
The diet involves cutting back on wheat, onions, milk, icecream, apples, honey and stone fruits. Legumes were also found to cause pain.
"Often they are sugars and carbohydrates that are not absorbed when they pass through the bowel and when they get into the colon they can ferment and produce gas and pain," Gearry said.
The diet could also help those with irritable bowel syndrome.
My first consideration in treating any intestinal problem would be lactobacilli in products like yogurt. The cell walls of these organisms can also have a role in immunomodulation. However, I still have not seen this used in the diseases mentioned.
What a lot of people failed to take notice of was that Dr Atkins wanted those who did the low carb diet to take certain supplements, especially the B complex vitamins. He was very big into folic acid supplementation also.. Also vitamin E.
Of course this would be understandable in the early phases of the diet when the carbs are so low that you barely can get enough veggies in a day without over shooting your carb restriction.
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