Dr. Swanson discusses how diet affects patients with Crohn's disease.
There’s been a number of studies looking at the effect of diet and Crohn’s disease. Unfortunately, right now, it’s hard for us to give very detailed instructions for our patients with Crohn’s disease. There is some data to suggest that simple sugars and simple carbohydrates may be better than more complex carbohydrates in Crohn’s disease.
Right now, I tell patients with Crohn’s disease, you need to go on a trial-by-trial basis, and if you find certain foods are worsening your disease, to try and eliminate them from your diet.
About Dr. Swanson, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Garth Swanson, M.D., M.S., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focuses on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Swanson has a master's degree in clinical research and his research interests include how environmental factors, such as alcohol and sleep, can affect gut inflammation and colonic bacteria.
Dr. Swanson received his medical degree from Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency and his fellowship at Rush University Medical Center. His special interests include inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis.