ACG Observes WGO’s World Digestive Health Day: Diet and the Gut

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    Physician and Patient Education on Diet and the Gut

    On May 29, 2016, the American College of Gastroenterology will focus on Diet and the Gut in observance of World Digestive Health Day, a global awareness day sponsored by the World Gastroenterology Organisation. WGO seeks to raise awareness of the relationship between what we eat and gastrointestinal symptoms through its annual public advocacy and awareness day. WGO wants to ensure that patients receive appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice as well as appropriate investigations and treatment for different gastrointestinal conditions where diet may play a role.

    About WGO’s World Digestive Health Day

    Resources Offered by WGO for WDHD

    ACG recognizes the World Gastroenterology Organisation's World Digestive Health Day on May 29, 2016.

    ACG observes the World Gastroenterology Organisation’s World Digestive Health Day on May 29, 2016.

    ACG Resources on Diet and the Gut: Watch. Listen. Read.

    The College has identified a number of physician and patient education resources that dovetail with WGO’s spotlight on diet and the gut. Video presentations from the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting, featured lectures, podcasts with experts, and articles from The American Journal of Gastroenterology are among the ways you can learn more. ACG hopes you enjoy exploring these materials featured in honor of World Digestive Health Day.

    Diet and Irritable Bowel Syndrome


    Celiac Disease

    Celiac Podcasts with AJG Authors

        • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity: Distinct Clinical Condition?AJG Podcast with William D. Chey, MD, FACG, and Joseph A. Murray, MD (December 2012).Recent research by Antonio Carroccio, MD, that suggests the existence of non-celiac wheat sensitivity as a distinct clinical condition is the basis for a discussion between AJG Co-Editor William D. Chey, MD, FACG, and Joseph A. Murray, MD, who is lead author of an upcoming clinical management guideline for celiac disease that will be published in the Red Journal. Dr. Murray helps define non-celiac gluten sensitivity, explores why gluten-free diets are unsatisfactory as a diagnostic tool, and explains the need for scientific advancement in this area. Dr. Carroccio’s paper was published in the December issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
        • ACG Practice Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease,” AJG Author Podcast with Joseph A. Murray, MD, FACG, and Ciarán P. Kelly, MD, FACG (2013).Joseph A. Murray, MD, FACG, and Ciarán P. Kelly, MD, FACG, co-authors of the American College of Gastroenterology’s new Clinical Guideline on the Diagnosis and Management of Celiac Disease, talk with former AJG Co-Editor William D. Chey, MD, FACG, about the key components of the guidelines, including the working definition of celiac disease, screening techniques such as small bowel biopsy and genetic testing, best practices for gluten challenge, as well as routine celiac patient monitoring and emerging treatments.
        • Novel Role of the Serine Protease Inhibitor Elafin in Gluten-Related Disorders,” AJG Podcast with Elena F. Verdu, MD, PhD (May 2014).Elena F. Verdu, MD, PhD, co-author of new research on the role of the serine protease inhibitor elafin in celiac disease published in the May 2014 issue of AJG, talks with AJG Co-Editor Dr. William D. Chey about the pathophysiology of celiac disease, the role of various serine proteases, including elafin, in the inflammatory processes of celiac disease, and the potential diagnostic and treatment implications of the study findings.
        • Gluten Avoidance in Non-Celiac Patients,” AJG Author Podcast with Joseph A. Murray, MD (March 2015).Joseph A. Murray, MD, co-author of a recent article on the racial/ethnic trends in celiac disease and gluten-free diets, talks with AJG Co-Editor Dr. William Chey about the racial differences in the prevalence of celiac disease, the startling increase in this prevalence over the last 20 years, and how physicians should consider celiac disease in the context of related disorders for at-risk populations. Dr. Murray also discusses the puzzling recent trend of non-celiac patients adhering to a gluten-free diet for “health” reasons not supported by science.

     ACG Celiac Information for Patients

    National Institutes of Health (NIH) Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign


    Food Allergy

    Learn More About FODMAPs

    Gut Microbiota for Health – a coalition led by the European Society of Neurogastroenterology & Motility

    According to Gut Microbiota for Health, “In the past decade, one of the main factors responsible for the breakthroughs in understanding how diet affects gut health has been knowledge about the human gut microbiota. Researchers have uncovered relationships between diet and gut microbiota, and in turn, between gut microbiota and health. Although many of the details are not yet clear, the research to date provides compelling evidence that the role of diet in a patient’s overall health cannot be ignored.”

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