Diet is a powerful tool when used as part of a comprehensive medical management plan. Expanding research shows a number of dietary IBD therapies to be effective, and while many have commonalities, some also have subtle to significant differences. Given patients' microbial and genetic diversity, the optimal therapeutic approach is often contingent on the individual, and as a result, is best achieved through a process of personalization. Considering all of these factors, dietary therapy can prove challenging to navigate. A closer investigation will provide a framework to become familiar with the options available in nutritional therapy for IBD.

PIBD Symposium 2022 Nutritional Highlights

The 6th International Symposium on Peadiatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (PIBD) was held on September 7-10, 2022, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Highlights of several featured presentations regarding nutrition and diet are included below.

DDW 2022 Nutritional Highlights

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2022 was held May 21-24, 2022, in San Diego, CA. Highlights of some of the featured presentations and a few posters are included below.

Sherman Prize Accepting Nominations through June 8

Help spread awareness and honor the exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to the fight to overcome IBD. Nominate an IBD professional for one of the $100,000 Sherman Prizes for their pioneering contributions to the field, or, for high achievers early in their career, the $25,000 Sherman Emerging Leader Prize. Learn more at ShermanPrize.org.


What Is Nutritional Therapy?

There are numerous forms of nutritional therapy that can be used to help patients with IBD. Although ongoing research will continue to modify the approach, patients can benefit greatly by applying the information and options available today.

Nutritional therapy at its highest level can both improve clinical symptoms and reduce inflammation, leading to induction and/or maintenance of remission. While higher tiers of dietary intervention may provide greater reduction in symptoms and inflammation, more liberalized dietary options, including small steps of change for healthy eating, still provide benefit to patients and may be more practical for those without the interest or the resources to adopt more stringent dietary therapies. As nutritional therapy is well tolerated, with patients reporting improved quality of life (Sandell A et al), it is important to offer options for every level of interest to provide some level of benefit to each patient.


Can Diet Impact IBD-related Conditions of Depression and Anxiety?

Patients with IBD suffer disproportionally higher rates of depression and anxiety, which are associated with a lower quality of life (Bernstein CN) (Byrne G et al) and correlated with active disease (Marrie RA et al). Furthermore, anxiety, depression, and fatigue are reported to be the most common severe symptoms of IBD in a recent international survey of patients (Rubin DT et al). Can diet impact the gut microbiota to influence the gut-brain axis and subsequently our mental health?

Resources

Patient Pathway

Are you or is someone you love a patient with IBD looking for more information on nutritional therapy? Visit the Patient Pathway for helpful resources.

Clinician Resources Overview

Are you a medical professional looking for more information on integrating nutritional therapy into your practice? Visit our Clinician Resources.

Latest Presentations from the Medical Experts

Nutritional Therapy for IBD Webinar Series - 2022:

  • The Role for Diet in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
    Presented by: Speaker: Nathaniel A. Cohen, MD | Moderator: Gauree Konijeti, MD, MPH

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