Pocket Guide to IBD, Second Edition

Marla Dubinsky, MD; Sonia Friedman, MD

Chapter 20: Nutritional Issues (continued)

Erin Feldman, RD, CSP

There are many theories about food and its relationship to IBD; however, few standards of care exist for the use of nutritional therapies in IBD. We do know that excellent nutrition is essential to improve overall health in patients with Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). • Weight loss • Malnutrition • Malabsorption of nutrients • Lactose intolerance What factors contribute to malnutrition in patients with IBD? • Decreased nutrient intake secondary to loss of appetite and abdominal pain • Malabsorption/gastrointestinal…