No Cure for Crohn's Disease

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However, several treatment options are available to relieve the symptoms associated with the disease, ranging from dietary modification to medication and surgery (Steinhart, 2012).
Diet and Nutrition:
Nutrition is an important factor for patients with Crohn’s disease, and plays a big role in the management of inflammatory bowel disease and its symptoms by maintaining general health during times of disease activity and remission (Filippi et al., 2006). The nutritional status of patients affects physiological processes including immunity and wound healing, and as a result can influence the occurrence of long-term complications arising from Crohn’s disease (Verma et al., 2000). Although no one dietary factor has been identified as a cause for CD, certain dietary factors may trigger the disease in genetically susceptible individuals, or trigger a disease flare-up in patients living with CD. Subsequently, physicians recommend diet modification as part of the treatment plan, with certain food items to be avoided in managing symptoms. Some patients may have intolerances to specific proteins such as casein, which is found in milk, and gluten, which is found in wheat. By eliminating those proteins from their diet, the patients have lower flare-ups and experience some relief from CD symptoms (Zachos et al., 2007). In clinical practice, patients may also be instructed to reduce their fiber intake through a low-fiber diet. This type of…
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