Crohn’s disease is classified as an immune deficiency state characterised by a chronic inflammation of the digestive system. It can affect any part of the gut from the mouth to the anus. In this condition, segments of the gut become inflamed. Crohn’s disease can affect individuals of all ages.
Crohn’s disease is characterised by episodes of relapse and remission meaning that the condition can resolve with treatment, however, it is likely to reappear.
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease
Symptoms vary between individuals depending on the part of the gut that may be inflamed. In general symptoms includes:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
How does Crohn’s disease develop?
Multiple factors seem to contribute to the development of this condition. Among those are:
- Genetic Factors: First-degree relatives of patients with Crohn’s disease are at increased risk of developing the condition.
- Environmental Factors: Smoking is the main environmental factor that has been identified to increase the risk of Crohn’s disease
- Diet: Some studies suggest that high intakes of refined sugars as well as high fat consumption, in particular high intakes of omega-6 fatty acids may be involved in the development of Crohn’s disease
- Disturbance of the gut microbiota: i.e. the microorganisms that inhabit the gut.
Nutritional deficiencies in Crohn’s disease
Patients with Crohn’s disease often develop multiple nutritional deficiencies as a consequence of the pathology of the condition the medications that consume. As such seeking professional help is necessary in patients affected by this condition.
How can our services support you?
If you are experiencing the above mentioned symptoms, our team of dieticians can consult you, and let you know if there is a need for further investigation.
If you have the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, our experienced dieticians can run tests to investigate potential nutritional deficiencies, and help ensure your diet is nutritionally complete. They will advise you on how to best boost your immune system as Crohn’s disease is a condition of immune deficiency. They will work with you and implement a plan targeted at reducing the associated symptoms namely fatigue, weight loss and gut function restoration.