Crohns & Colitis Congress

Crohns & Colitis Congress

February 09, 2019
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VIDEO: Diet, nutrition may offer ‘precision medicine’ approach to IBD

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LAS VEGAS — In this exclusive video from Crohn’s & Colitis Congress 2019, D. Brent Polk, MD, AGAF, an attending physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, offers some highlights from the meeting.

“We’ve had a very exciting meeting thus far, as we have heard from clinician experts on the guidelines in care, what’s working well, what’s not working well and how do we improve the care and health of individuals and outcomes for their families of people with inflammatory bowel disease,” Polk, who is also the organizing committee chair of the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease.

Polk also discussed some science presented at the meeting that indicates the role diet and nutrition play as a potential therapy, similar to precision medicine in cancer treatment.

“We’re looking at precision medicine and precision nutrition and diets for inflammatory bowel disease,” he said. “We had a very exciting talk about the potential of modifying the treatment regimen by skipping over the diet and even thinking about giving metabolites directly as one way of mimicking giving a healthy and appropriate diet for an individual, thus creating a precision or personalized dietary approach to treatment and prevention of inflammatory bowel disease.”

Polk ended by inviting attendees to next year’s Congress which will take place from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25 in Austin, Texas.

Disclosure: Polk reports no relevant financial disclosures.