CCFA partners with celebrity cook to help Crohn's, colitis patients
The CCFA and Janssen Biotech have partnered with celebrity cook and ulcerative colitis patient Sunny Anderson, along with IBD nutrition expert, Dr. Lindsey Albenberg to help patients manage UC and Crohn's disease.
The Get Your Full Course website comes on the heels of a recent review of internet searches showing websites offering dietary information for IBD can often confuse patients with Crohn's disease and colitis.
Research is lacking about the role of diet for managing Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. But patients battling the forms of IBD will be the first to tell you that diet does matter.
Food does seem to have an impact on Crohn's and colitis flare-ups that also appears to be entirely different for those with inflammatory bowel disease.
What diet works for IBD?
There is not one diet that works to quell IBD symptoms that is yet known at least. There are guidelines about what foods to avoid during an IBD flare-up and suggestions that are not yet studied in depth that might help.
The purpose of the program is to help those suffering from IBD track their diet that can help manage symptoms. Everyone is different says Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America's Vice President of Patient and Professional Services Laura Wingate.
What causes stomach and intestinal distress for one person might be entirely different for the next. Wingate encourages working with your health care provider for individualized treatment.
The food diary tool is called "GI Buddy" and is geared toward helping both patients and physicians track how diet impacts each individual's IBD symptoms.
The CCFA is also researching gut bacteria in hopes of finding a cure for Crohn's disease and UC. They have discovered the gut microbiome changes during IBD flares. Understanding gut bacteria would mean exact diets could help manage inflammatory bowel disease.
If you have Crohn's disease or UC you can join Get Your Full Course online. The hope is that by tracking diet you can manage symptoms of IBD. Sunny Anderson shares that she has been living with ulcerative colitis, making her an excellent resource for others battling IBD.