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.