Prevention and novel therapies: a breakthrough for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Canadian researchers have discovered that a particular mix of gut bacteria is found in people who will develop Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, a finding that could open the way to new treatments.

In fact, this mix of gut bacteria may differ from that of healthy people and can be seen long before these diseases develop.

“We’re starting to see the pattern of bacteria that can cause Crohn’s disease,” explained lead researcher Dr. Ken Croitoru of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

According to him, this will make it possible to make progress towards developing better treatments for those who suffer from these diseases, but also to prevent them in people who are at risk.

“I hope patients will benefit within five years, especially with more evidence-based therapies focused on gut bacteria or diet modification,” the researcher stressed.

This finding also pertains to people with ulcerative colitis, another incurable intestinal disease.

“This finding is an inspiration to the community of people with Crohn’s disease and colitis. It gives us hope that there will be significant improvements in lifelong care and prevention of this disease,” added Laurie Radke, President and CEO, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.

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