Diet is a powerful tool when used as part of a comprehensive medical management plan. Expanding research shows a number of dietary IBD therapies to be effective, and while many have commonalities, some also have subtle to significant differences. Given patients' microbial and genetic diversity, the optimal therapeutic approach is often contingent on the individual, and as a result, is best achieved through a process of personalization. Considering all of these factors, dietary therapy can prove challenging to navigate. A closer investigation will provide a framework to become familiar with the options available in nutritional therapy for IBD.

NASPGHAN 2021 Nutritional Highlights

The North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) 2021 conference was held virtually December 12-18, 2021. The following are some of the nutritional highlights.

AIBD Nutritional Highlights

Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Disease 2021 was held in a hybrid model from December 9th-11th in Orlando, Florida. Below are the nutritional highlights from AIBD 2021

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Survey Opportunity for Dietitians Interested in IBD

Are you a registered dietitian (RD) working with or interested in working with patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis? Please fill out this brief survey to assist us in planning a potential registry and/or certification process for IBD nutrition and lifestyle specialists.

This survey was prepared by the RDs on the Nutritional Therapy for IBD Medical Advisory Board.

Survey of Dietitians Interested in IBD

What Is Nutritional Therapy?

There are numerous forms of nutritional therapy that can be used to help patients with IBD. Although ongoing research will continue to modify the approach, patients can benefit greatly by applying the information and options available today.

Nutritional therapy at its highest level can both improve clinical symptoms and reduce inflammation, leading to induction and/or maintenance of remission. While higher tiers of dietary intervention may provide greater reduction in symptoms and inflammation, more liberalized dietary options, including small steps of change for healthy eating, still provide benefit to patients and may be more practical for those without the interest or the resources to adopt more stringent dietary therapies. As nutritional therapy is well tolerated, with patients reporting improved quality of life (Sandell A et al), it is important to offer options for every level of interest to provide some level of benefit to each patient.

Can Diet Impact IBD-related Conditions of Depression and Anxiety?

Patients with IBD suffer disproportionally higher rates of depression and anxiety, which are associated with a lower quality of life (Bernstein CN) (Byrne G et al) and correlated with active disease (Marrie RA et al). Furthermore, anxiety, depression, and fatigue are reported to be the most common severe symptoms of IBD in a recent international survey of patients (Rubin DT et al). Can diet impact the gut microbiota to influence the gut-brain axis and subsequently our mental health?


Patient Pathway

Are you or is someone you love a patient with IBD looking for more information on nutritional therapy? Visit the Patient Pathway for helpful resources.

Clinician Resources Overview

Are you a medical professional looking for more information on integrating nutritional therapy into your practice? Visit our Clinician Resources.

Latest Presentations from the Medical Experts

Dec 2021 Nutritional Symposium: Released at the NTforIBD Booth at NASPGHAN 2021:

  • Why Do We Need Dietary Therapies for IBD
    Presented by: Lindsey Albenberg, DO
  • The Crohn's Disease Exclusion Diet Updates: December 2021
    Presented by: Rotem Sigall Boneh, RD
  • IBD Anti-inflammatory Diet or IBD-AID: Proof of Concept
    Presented by: Ana Maldonado-Contreras, MSc, PhD
  • Nutritional Therapy: Perioperative + Complicated Crohn's Disease
    Presented by: Andrew S. Day, MB, ChB, MD, FRACP, AGAF

About Us

Nutritional Therapy for IBD is a new 501c3 established to promote awareness of dietary options for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, providing educational resources to assist in the implementation of nutritional therapy into clinical practice.

Nutritional Therapy for IBD

Improving the Care of Patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis through Nutrition