Saturday, 10 November 2007

Chrones Disease Diet

New Diet is said to help people with chrones disease and ulcerative colitis.

A new low carbohydrate diet has the potential to help people who suffer with Chrones disease and people with ulcerative colitis, the research has been carried out by Dr Richard Gearry who is a senior lecturer at Otago Universitys Christchurch School of Medicine in New Zealand.

Both Chrones disease and ulcerative colitis are forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

To ensure that the diet was low in carbohydrates, the 100 people who took part in the experiment had to reduce the amount of wheat, onions, milk, ice cream, apples, honey and stone fruits in their diet. It was also found that legumes could cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea in people who have chrones disease.

This research took place at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria in Australia and involved a hundred patients who have either chrones disease or ulcerative colitis. Patients followed the diet for six to eight weeks. The diet was also designed so that the taste was not too bad and that it was easy to follow. This was becaue they wanted as many people as possible to follow the diet for the full duration.

The results showed that some of the carbohydrates and sugars are not absorbed into the stomach and because of this they get into the colon where they ferment and produce gas which causes pain, these were presented to the Australian Gastroenterology Week conference in Perth.

The hope that it will go on to help many people who suffer with chrons disease and ulcerative colitis.

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