Posted 9/9/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)
I am interested in trying a low carb diet and have been looking at the SCD Diet. I am also trying to find out more about some research done by a local chap and will post if I get anything back that may be helpful to share :)
I know we are all different with what we can and can't tolerate foodwise but like you I am interested to find out more. I know personally that I eat carbs because they are low residue and less likely to obstruct me but I always feel better in myself when I am off wheat, spuds, milk etc. Just hard to find low carb options that won't block strictures;(
I did go to a dietitian once but found it quite annoying as she didn't seem to 'get' the concept of a stricture obstructing or that I could be just 'intolerant' to wheat (rather than coeliac) - mind you it was a few years ago now!
There is a lot of research going on in my city on IBD generally and the following is cut from a Press article related to diet research:
Lead researcher Dr. Richard Gearry, MBChB, PhD, a consultant gastroenterologist from the New Zealand-based Christchurch Hospital and a senior lecturer at Otago University's Christchurch School of Medicine, and his researchers observed 100 patients with IBD over a six- to eight-week period and noticed that a low-carb diet helped ease the pain associated with this condition in over half of them.
The study participants were treated at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria, Australia and Dr. Gearry decided to feed them foods that would not cause inflammation in the abdomen and bowel. Interestingly, the foods that DO cause problems with IBD sufferers have a certain macronutrient composition that is well-known to most medical professional.
"Doctors have known for a long time that patients know what affects their condition and causes symptoms," Dr. Gearry noted. "Dietitians and doctors and scientists looked at this more closely and identified a number of foods that can cause abdominal pain and diarrhea."
Culprit foods that make IBD worse? Wheat, onions, milk, ice cream, apples, honey, legumes, and other fruits. Hmmm, do you see what all of these foods have in common? They're high-carb!
"Often they are sugars and carbohydrates that are not absorbed when they pass through the bowel and when they get into the colon they can ferment and produce gas and pain," Dr. Gearry explained.
The findings of this study were presented at the recent Australian Gastroenterology Week conference in Perth and will also be presented next week at the Annual Scientific meeting of the New Zealand Society of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Gearry is hopeful his findings on the low-carb diet for Crohn's disease is embraced worldwide as a viable treatment option for this and other bowel conditions.