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May 15, 2014

The Connection Between the Microbiome and IBD

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator, @kanaazpereira

Purna Kashyap, MBBS, discusses more about how the microbiome influences an individual's health as a whole after his interview on NPR. What is the connection between the microbiome and inflammatory bowel disease? Dr. Kashyap explains that, "Inflammatory bowel disease has been associated with alterations in both composition and function of the gut bacteria suggesting that gut microbes may in fact play a role in the pathogenesis of IBD in genetically susceptible host. This has led to significant interest in the role of environmental factors such as diet which has profound effects on the gut bacteria and hence may play a role in IBD." Hear more from Dr. Kashyap in the video below.

Video originally posted on the Individualized Medicine Blog.

Read what Dr. Kashyap has to say about the effects of short-term diet change on the microbiome.

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Dr. Kashyap is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic.

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