Happy World IBD Day

In honour of World IBD Day (last week), we have decided to write a short blog on what inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) actually is and the role of nutrition to improve quality of life.

Have you ever had a really sore mouth ulcer? Picture mouth ulcers but on your bowel. This is the best way to explain IBD.

IBD is a collective term for the inflammatory conditions that occur in the bowel. It consists of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease. UC affects only the large bowel (the colon) where as Crohn's disease can be anywhere along the gastrointestinal tract. 

People living with IBD can experience abdominal pains and most commonly diarrhoea that contains blood.

If you are someone living with IBD, new research is suggesting that diet plays a stronger role than previously thought regarding symptom management. Our special gastrointestinal dietitians will look at fat consumption, fibre intake and water consumed throughout the day. 

Although we cannot cure this disease and we cannot stop the progression of the disease, we can improve your quality of life. While this research is still developing, having a consultation with one of our specialist gastrointestinal dietitians can help tailor your diet to suit you so you can go to work and you can socialise with your friends without the fear of urgently needing a bathroom. 

Happy Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Month!

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