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February 12, 2014

The Effects of Short-Term Diet Changes on Gut Microbiome

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Purna Kashyap, M.D., discusses a recent study published in Nature that focuses on how short-term diet changes may influence what gut microbes are present. Long-term diet patterns can influence an individual’s gut microbiome.

The study focuses on short-term diet changes of either a plant-based diet or animal-based diet. The results found a shift of what gut microbes were present and what they were doing at a given point in time. Dr. Kashyap says the study provides hope for the future that diet may in fact be a major player as a therapeutic agent to treat IBD itself or flares of the disease that may occur.

The full text of the study can be found here.
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Purna Kashyap M.D., is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in the care of patients with IBD.

Tags: gut microbiomes, Nature, Purna Kashyap, Study Findings

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