Nutrition, Crohn's and Colitis

Episode 455,   Jul 21, 2023, 05:00 AM

Crohn's disease and colitis are the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and they affect over 500,000 people in the UK.

Characterised by chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, IBD can cause a whole range of health complications and can have a profound impact on a person's life.

Although there is no cure, there are ways of managing the symptoms, including through diet.

Regulating what you eat and drink can help ease the impact IBD may have on someone's quality of life.

So, how does nutrition affect the development and management of IBD? What food might trigger flares? And how can diet control help with those in remission?

Dr Miranda Lomer, Senior Consultant Dietitian in Gastroenterology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital
Mairi Wilcock RD BSc (Hons), Dietitian, Stanner Nutrition Clinic