Nutrition and Crohn’s

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This is an extract of the latest evidence on diet and nutrition for Crohn’s disease. Clever Nature has developed a related natural dietary approach, utilising selected  products and recommendations on supplements and extracts, available on consultation.

Relevant Publications

McGrother, CW., Donaldson, MMK.,   Thompson J, Wagg A, Tincello DG., and Manktelow BN. Etiology of Overactive Bladder: A Diet and Lifestyle Model for Diabetes and Obesity in Older Women. Neurourology and Urodynamics 2012;31:487–495

Foley AL, Loharuka S, Barrett JA, Mathews R, Williams K, McGrother CW, Roe BH. Association between the Geriatric Giants of urinary incontinence and falls in older people using data from the Leicestershire MRC Incontinence Study. Age Ageing. 2012;41(1):35-40.

Williams KS, Coleby D, Abrams KR, Turner DA, Shaw C, Assassa RP, Cooper NJ, Donaldson MK and McGrother CW. Long term follow-up of a randomised controlled trial of services for urinary symptoms. BMC Health Services Research 2011;11:58.

Maserejian NN, Giovannucci EL, McVary KT, McGrother C, McKinlay JB. Dietary macronutrient and energy intake and urinary incontinence in women. American Journal of Epidemiology 2009;171(10):1116-25.

McGrother CW, Donaldson M, Wagg A, Matharu G, Williams K, Watson J et al. Continence. In: Stevens A, Raftery JJ, Mant J, Simpson S (eds). Health Care Needs Assessment: the epidemiologically based needs assessment reviews. p 69-175. 3rd ed. Abingdon: Radcliffe Medical Press, 2007. Read more

Nutrient Intake Measures

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This is information prepared by The British Nutrition Foundation, showing the extent of inadequate intake in the UK for some nutrients (excluding vitamin D) across various age groups.



European Inadequate Intakes

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This is an interesting article about the extent of inadequate nutrient intake in European countries, showing that the problem is widespread.


Comments & Experiences

Dear Cath

About 18 months ago I was having pains in my legs like you wouldn’t believe, such that I could hardly walk some days. The worst pain was when I had sat down for a while and then I would have to be helped up and held until I could start walking – which was a waddle not a walk. My doctor had Xrays , MRI scans (as I had previously had back surgery) and blood tests and nothing showed up until one test finally came back to say I was Vitamin D deficient. The doctor prescribed me 850iu a day but my son advised me to start taking a higher potency tablet containing 5000iu per day. It took about a month to feel an improvement but now I get no pain at all. I am not taking the high potency tablets any more (I took them for about 4 months) but if ever I start to get the pains back I will restart.



Hi Jan

That’s very interesting, it illustrates how many people with Vitamin D deficiency remain undiagnosed, even when they have quite obvious symptoms, like yours. Also, what strikes me is that, with a larger therapeutic dose of Vitamin D, you could have recovered more quickly. One wonders how many people on the low dose give up too soon because they feel no benefit for such a long time. Thanks for letting us know about your experience.


Useful Links

Faculty Public Health  (Nutrition and Hunger in the UK)

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