Over on the #IBDSuperHeroes blog…
UK charity, Cure Crohn’s Colitis has committed £50,000 to CD-Treat, a new dietary treatment aimed at combating Crohn’s Disease.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a debilitating, and so far, incurable disease of the gastrointestinal tract. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, pain where the disease is active or scarring/abscesses have occurred due to active disease, vomiting, bloody stools, stomach cramps, fever, joint pain, fatigue, diarrhoea and/or constipation. Many sufferers consider this to be an extremely life limiting disease, and the medication options currently available are vast, but results differ from person to person. Some may achieve remission and stay there for long periods of time, whilst for others, the struggle is long and relentless.
Current evidence suggests that a combination of genetics, external influencers and gut microbiota all contribute to the disease. Studies have shown that disease improvement, following treatment with Exclusive Enteral Nutrition (EEN), coincided with changes in the gut microbiota. CD-Treat is a food-based diet which induces similar effects on gut microbial metabolites with EEN, which was confirmed in preliminary studies.