Crohn's - Intestinal Diabetes?

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone! I am currently reading a book 'The Care & Feeding of the Irritable Bowel' by DeLamar Gibbons M.D.
It talks about eliminating excessive amounts of sugars in the bowel to prevent indigestible sugar and fibre overload.
It has a diet for people suffering from UC and CD and to eliminate lactose, fructose, sorbitol and mannitol from your diet and fibre foods such as wheat bran and beans.
It is supposed to have positive effects for IBD sufferers.
Has anyone read this book or tried this specific diet and had any results?
Any comments would be appreciated.
35 yo male. Diagnosed in 1988.
Daily Medication - 5mg Prednisolone (7 - 8 years), 200mg Azathioprine, 20mg Pariet.
1 major bowel resection, fistula surgery (Sept 1990)
B12 supplements.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Ni I have not read the book. To be honest, I think that it will come down to waht your own body can out up with. For instance, you might get away with alot of fiber, whereas, when I take alot of fiber, my body goes to pat.

I have also tried to elimate different foods, but regardless of what I am trying, I get no better, except yesterday I hadf an excellent day and this morning has been no bad either.

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   Posted 10/29/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aussie and welcome to the forum! smilewinkgrin YES!!! We have some great discussions here about diet to control Crohn's (they sound remarkably similar to what you're describing!). Here is a link from a recent discussion about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the Maker's Diet and Life Without Bread: (please cut and paste into your browser....sadly, I don't know how to activate the link..rolleyes)

Happy reading!
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Gradually learning/using more Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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   Posted 10/29/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
One important thing to remember about diet, when you eliminate sugar from your diet for example, don't expect to see results instantly, it takes time for your body to adjust to a new "healthy" diet especially after yrs of abusing it with junk...what you put into your body just as much as what you don't put into your body will most definitely have an effect, it's just a matter of time before your body reacts to not having any more junk in it.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing that raises problems for calling it intestinal diabetes is the observation that honey and maple syrup - both simple sugars that require no digesting and enter the blood quickly - do not cause problems. The problems from sugars that have to be broken down and starches and fibers is that if they are not being properly digested, they provide food for gut bacteria. When certain gut bacteria multiply, it seems to cause problems. It is likely because the gut immune system identifies those bacteria as pathogens and starts up the immune cycle to eliminate them. The immune reaction may need increased gut permeability, allowing those bacteria to pass through the mucous lining of the gut (which is much less reactive to bacteria) and contact the more reactive cells behind the mucosa.
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