A patient with Crohn's disease has reversed his painful condition with a vegan diet, doctors claim.
There is currently no cure for the painful condition, which can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and weight loss.
However, drugs can help some patients achieve clinical remission – when the disease is no longer active but a flare-up can still occur.
But the symptoms of an unidentified man disappeared completely after he cut animal products from his diet, after the medication did not help.
A doctor said the case study offers & # 39; hope for thousands of people & # 39; and greet food as medicine with the lifelong disease that is dependent on medication.
Other experts, however, warned of a plant-based diet and stated that there is insufficient evidence that it will help.
Critics of the case report even said that a vegan diet could even aggravate nutrient deficiencies in Crohn's patients.
Doctors have & # 39; food as medicine & # 39; Greeted after reporting that a patient with Crohn's disease had turned his painful condition into a vegan diet. Stock photo
The case study was published by physicians at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri, in the journal Nutrients.
Dr. Kelsea Sandefur, the author, revealed that the man had been diagnosed with Crohn's disease in November 2014 at the age of 25.
He experienced months of weight loss, diarrhea and flu-like symptoms, and a study showed severe inflammation in the gut.
The treatment started in January 2015. But after a year, tests still indicated that his disease was mildly active.
According to doctors, only about 10 percent of traditionally treated patients with Crohn's disease achieve long-term remission.
The man suffered from fatigue, bloating and severe abdominal pain in the treatment with infliximab, a strong medicine for another two years.
Currently, in March 2017, the patient removed all animal products and processed foods from his diet for 40 days for religious reasons.
Previously, his diet was typical of an American, who consisted of meat and dairy products, refined grains, and processed foods every day.
The man claimed to have experienced a total absence of symptoms by eating mainly grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits.
He also said that at the same time he tried to reduce stress by doing yoga, lifting weights and running.
If he did not follow his diet, his symptoms would flare up, especially fatigue, nausea and bloating.
Tests six months later showed complete healing of the linings in his gut, and after 18 months the patient was able to stop taking medication.
He claims to have had no relapse since.
The authors of the study noted that a plant-based diet is high in fiber, which promotes overall gut health by feeding good bacteria in the gut.
Dr. Hana Kahleova, director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, praised the report.
The man, who is not mentioned, was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in November 2014. Test results from a colonoscopy show an inflammation in his lower abdomen (photo)
Tests six months later showed complete healing in the linings of his gut (photo)
She said: & # 39; This case study offers hope for hundreds of thousands of people suffering from the painful symptoms associated with Crohn's disease.
& # 39; This case study supports the idea that food is really a medicine. It not only shows that eating a fiber-rich, plant-based diet could lead to Crohn's remission.
& # 39; But all & # 39; side effects are good, including a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
The NHS and charities such as Crohn's and Colitis UK say there is no evidence that a particular food or diet can cause or cure an inflammatory bowel disease.
In fact, they usually discourage fiber-rich foods because they are difficult for the intestines, which may narrow due to inflammation.
A vegan or vegetable diet can also lead to deficiencies of minerals and vitamins, which patients with Crohn are already at risk for.
Dr. Megan Rossi, research fellow at King's College London and founder of The Gut Clinic, told MailOnline: & # 39; if you have highly active Crohn's, weight can be a problem and affect overall health. A really strict diet such as veganism can make them even more malnourished.
& # 39; We certainly believe that nutrition plays a role in this disease and we would always recommend a diet with less processed foods.
& # 39; But whether or not they have to go 100 percent in the factory is not enough evidence to support and is not very feasible.
& # 39; This report is quite extreme because it only looks at one person and may not send the correct message. We must ensure that people do not stop taking their medication. & # 39;
Although a diet with a whole diet has previously been proposed as a successful tool to treat Crohn's disease in addition to treatment, there have been no human intervention studies.
WHAT IS CROHN & # 39; S DISEASE?
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Crohn is a painful digestive disorder that destroys the lives of 115,000 people in Britain and a whopping 1.6 million in the US.
Magician Dynamo and reality TV star Billie Faiers are famous patients.
Crohn is one of the two conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), while the other is ulcerative colitis.
Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea and potentially dangerous weight loss that usually occur in childhood.
Fatigue can also occur for a variety of reasons, including anemia, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, drug side effects, poor sleep or bad mood.
All parts of the intestines, from the mouth to the anus, can be affected. The most common area is the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine.
There is no clear cause or cure for Crohn's. Some things that are thought to play a role are genetics, a problem with the immune system, a stomach wasp or an unbalanced bowel.
Treatment can help reduce or control symptoms. Medicines, in tablets, injections or steroid tablets, work to reduce inflammation and prevent them from returning.
Complications can cause the digestive system to be damaged and require more aggressive treatment.
Many people will eventually have to undergo surgery. Inflammation can, for example, cause the wall of the intestines to become thicker, thereby preventing digestion, and many require surgery to remove a small portion of the intestines.
There is no proven specific diet for Crohn's. However, there are diets that can relieve symptoms. The most common dietary change is a reduction in fiber and indigestible food.
Special diets with liquid formulas are used to rest the intestine and improve nutrition. They are mainly used in children where maintaining growth and weight is very important.
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