#15: Eat for IBD with Dr Alan Desmond

13 Feb 2019

In this episode, we talk about eating for about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Colitis.  We talk through  exactly what IBD is - but the podcast really covers gut health in general.

Today I talk to the incredible Dr Alan Desmond who is a Gastroenterologist based in Devon.  He has some really interesting views on how we can utilise diet and lifestyle to improve not only our gut health but also Type 2 Diabetes, Cholesterol and Cardiovascular diseases - all other features that are really important in today’s healthcare landscape.

In these episodes, we cover:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Just how influential lifestyle and diet can be on gut health and associated conditions
  • How beneficial a plant focused lifestyle, including increasing your fibre intake and getting more colours onto your plate, can be for inflammatory conditions such as IBD

GUEST: Dr Alan Desmond

Dr Alan Desmond, MB BCh, BMedSc, MRCPI, FRCP Dr Alan Desmond is a Consultant Gastroenterologist based in Devon. Board Certified in both Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine, he completed his specialist training in Cork, Dublin and Oxford. Dr Desmond is his hospital’s Clinical Lead for the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a topic on which he has published numerous research papers. Dr Desmond actively promotes a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet, particularly for patients with chronic digestive disorders. He is a founding Advisory Board member of Plant Based Professionals UK and is currently engaged in Clinical Research evaluating a Whole Food Plant-based Dietary Intervention as a treatment for patients with Crohn’s disease. You might find Dr Desmond’s talk on YouTube interesting. It covers the evidence for the role of diet in IBD. The topics discussed are highly relevant to Crohn’s disease in particular, but also have relevance to ulcerative colitis and many other GI disorders. Youll also have heard Alan talk about The Happy Gut Course that he is running with The Happy Pear and you can view details on the course here There are also two scientific reviews of the role of diet in IBD in a paper written for the BMJ and another for the Oxford Academic Journal. During the podcast, we also cover a second paper covering IBD for the Oxford Academic Journal and have attached a copy of the diet referenced here.  

with Dr Alan Desmond

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