A Diet That Puts Crohn’s Disease in Remission
A specific anti-inflammatory diet for the intestine has shown promising results in putting Crohn’s disease into remission. Patients at the Meyer Irccs University Hospital in Florence, Italy, who followed this dietary therapy were able to achieve complete remission, even in severe cases of the inflammatory bowel disease.
The ongoing trial at the children’s hospital has recommended the diet to more than 60 young patients, with 70% of them experiencing complete remission of the disease. Crohn’s disease is a serious inflammatory condition that affects the small intestine and colon, and its prevalence in childhood has been increasing.
The diet that the patients followed excluded all foods that may have an inflammatory action on the intestine, particularly those processed by the industry, which contain additives, emulsifiers, and preservatives. This dietary therapy has proven effective even in patients who did not respond to traditional medical treatments, including the use of latest-generation biological drugs.
Paolo Lionetti, who heads pediatric gastroenterology at Meyer, expressed satisfaction with the results, noting that the diet, although rigid, is followed more willingly by children and adolescents, with no reported side effects. The specialists are also working on developing a Mediterranean variant of the diet in collaboration with the hospital.
Inflammation is becoming increasingly recognized as a fundamental factor in various diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, tumors, neurodegenerative diseases, and more. The foods that are inflammatory for the intestine are mainly found in the typical Western diet, such as refined carbohydrates, sugary drinks, processed meats, and trans fats. Conversely, the Mediterranean diet, rich in anti-inflammatory foods like dark green leafy vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, and fruits, has shown to combat inflammation.
The results of this trial offer hope for patients with Crohn’s disease, particularly those who have not responded to conventional treatments. The success of the anti-inflammatory diet paves the way for new possibilities in managing the disease and improving the quality of life for affected individuals.
Date: February 13, 2024
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