Dietetic Gut Clinic
Once you have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, your GP or Gastroenterologist may advise you to see a Gastrointestinal Dietitian at the Dietetic Gut Clinic. Management of Ulcerative Colitis is one of the services our team has been offering to patients in Perth since the launch of our Gut Clinic in Nedlands and Murdoch.
Ulcerative Colitis Diet
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulceratice Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that can affect any part of the lining of the large bowel, characterised by periods of flares and remissions. The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is still unknown; however the environment, genes and the gut microbiome (gut bacteria) are thought to be involved.
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis
How is Ulcerative Colitis diagnosed?
Diagnosis for Ulcerative Colitis is by a Gastroenterologist and may include a range of blood tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, imaging studies such as barium x-rays and abdominal CT, stool cultures and sigmoidoscopy.
Ulcerative Colitis Diet Nedlands and Murdoch
How can a IBD Dietitian help you?
Diet plays a key role in the management of Ulcerative Colitis. Some interventions that may be considered include:
Change in dietary intake to meet nutrient requirements (energy, protein)
Prevention and management of mineral and vitamin deficiency & supplementation
Modification of dietary fibre
Probiotic and prebiotic supplementation
Elimination Diet (Low FODMAP diet) in managing functional symptoms (in remission)
FODMAP diet for Ulcerative Colitis
How can the Low FODMAP Diet help with Ulcerative Colitis?
The low FODMAP diet is an evidence based dietary strategy to successfully manage of functional symptoms when your UC is in remission. FODMAP is an acronym for Fermentable Oligo-, Di, Mono-saccharides And Polyols. It is considered to be a second-line dietary strategy after assessment and management of dietary and lifestyle factors that may contribute to symptoms.
The low FODMAP diet involves collective restriction of a group of short-chain carbohydrates that have been shown to increase small intestinal water volume and be rapidly fermented in the large intestine, leading to increased gas (e.g. hydrogen) production and gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. pain, bloating, distension, flatulence, nausea and altered bowel motility).
The low FODMAPs diet is a dietitian-taught program to ensure nutritional intake adequacy despite food restrictions. The long-term restriction of FODMAPs is not recommended. Structured reintroduction of FODMAPs is recommended after two to six weeks to identify which FODMAPs you are sensitive to, your level of tolerance to each individual high FODMAP foods, and optimise food variety and self-management long term.
Dietetic Gut Clinic
How we can help you with your Ulcerative Colitis?
The Dietetic Gut Clinic is a Perth based private practice with special focus on diet and gastrointestinal health and disease.
We believe that Ulcerative Colitis is best managed by IBD Dietitian with an interest in that field.
At Dietetic Gut Clinic our mission is to empower and support our patients, to take charge of their digestive condition and health in order to optimise their quality of life.
We have clinics both north and south of the river which means that we are able to accommodate patients across the Perth metropolitan area, in addition to also providing Telehealth services.
Our specialised Ulcerative Colitis Program, is a comprehensive personalised program, designed by our Gut Health Dietitian which includes specialised Ulcerative Colitis content, meal plan and recipes designed to optimise the management of your condition.
You may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for your dietary consultation. In order to receive a Medicare rebate, you must obtain a care plan from your GP. Medicare rebates can be processed in our office at the time of your consultation. Out of pocket expenses apply for dietitian consultations.