Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The two main subtypes of IBD are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. They are both auto-immune inflammatory diseases with unknown cause. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gut from mouth to anus, whereas Ulcerative colitis is confined to the large intestine.
There is no special diet for IBD, but dietary assessment at the time of diagnosis is important to ensure nutritional adequacy. Nutrient deficiencies such as iron, folate, B12 and vitamin D are common in IBD. Supplements may be required, but our dietitians can ensure dietary adequacy.

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