How to manage nutritional needs in patients with IBD

Each patient with inflammatory bowel disease requires an individual diet plan

Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are chronic, relapsing, unpredictable gastrointestinal disorders collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Australia has a high prevalence, with more than 80,000 patients, and this is expected to rise to more than 100,000 by 2022.1

Since symptoms and active disease can cause anaemia, loss of appetite, food avoidance, malnutrition and weight loss, dietary intervention is important.2

Dietary goals are to correct nutritional deficiency, boost nutrients needed for

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