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Lifestyle, Behavior, and Environmental Modification for the Management of Patients With IBD

Gastroenterology of the Rockies Director of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Dr. Joshua Steinberg recently coauthored an article in The Lancet: "Lifestyle, behaviour, and environmental modification for the management of patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: an International Organization for Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases consensus."

This article draws on a group of experts from the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases concerning the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

The recommendations include avoiding traditional cigarette smoking in patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, screening for symptoms of depression, anxiety, and psychosocial stressors at diagnosis and during flares (with referral to mental

health professionals when appropriate), and encouraging

regular physical activity as tolerated.

Here is a link to the full article:

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