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How can you nourish yourself if you have Crohn's disease?

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Crohn’s disease may make it harder for your body to take in calories and important nutrients.

At times, your doctor may recommend that you add to your diet. He may suggest that you take supplements. These may be high-calorie drinks loaded with vitamins.

You may also need to take specific vitamins, like B12 or D, or certain minerals like iron or calcium. You could also ask your doctor if it would help for you to work with a nutritionist.

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. , published online May 2013. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Kulick, D. , published online on January 15, 2011. American Family Physicians

Strong, S. , published online 2015. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American College of Gastroenterology, “ACG Expert Tips on Living Well with IBD.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Diet and Nutrition,’ “Diet, Nutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” “Everyday Living,” “Facts About Inflammatory Bowel Diseases,” “IBD and Depression,” “IBD Treatments: Finding Your Best Path,” “Living with Crohn’s and Colitis,” “Understanding IBD Medications and Side Effects.”

Donnellan, C. , published online May 2013. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology

Kulick, D. , published online on January 15, 2011. American Family Physicians

Strong, S. , published online 2015. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on August 15, 2018

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