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Lifestyle and Nutritional Counseling

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Our IBD specialists at Drexel recognize that behind the disease is a person who needs to perform their everyday activities. In addition to medication and surgical procedures, we offer several resources to help our patients make lifestyle changes that will improve their quality of life.


Good nutrition is important for anybody to lead a healthy lifestyle, and it can play an important role in managing gastrointestinal conditions like IBD.

While many dietary trends and regimens exist, only a few show any clinical evidence that they help heal the intestine.

One of those dietary regimens is the pescovegetarian diet (Mediterranean), which is high in fish and vegetables. Data suggests that this is an anti-inflammatory diet and may provide protective effects on the intestinal lining.

Patients at Drexel Gastroenterology can work with their doctor as well as a registered dietician to help figure out the best diet for them.



Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with an IBD specialist at Drexel Gastroenterology, please call 215.762.6220.

Smoking tobacco actually makes Crohn’s worse. It can counter all the good healing effects of the medications, healthy diet and exercise that you are already doing to improve your health.

While you may see information that suggests smoking can help ulcerative colitis, it is not the case for everyone and the risks certainly outweigh the rewards.

Tobacco is the number one risk factor for the number one cancer in the world: lung cancer. It can also cause cancers of other organs, stroke, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction and blockages in your arteries (vascular disease). Tobacco can also cause your children to develop childhood asthma and other lung problems.

Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it’s entirely possible. We have several resources here at Drexel and can direct you to outside support groups as well.

Learn more about quitting smoking and the American Cancer Society.


Research suggests that regular exercise may help produce naturally occurring anti-inflammatory molecules that contribute to intestinal healing and wellbeing.

Regular, low-impact exercise is the best place to start. The Centers for Disease Control has highlighted how much exercise and what types of exercises to pursue.

Learn more about how much exercise for adults.

Sexuality, Intimacy & Relationships

Patients with IBD can sometimes struggle with their confidence and ability to be intimate with their partners. Surgical scars, ostomies, and just feeling unwell fuel this common problem. In addition, steroids may cause weight gain, acne and stretch marks.

At Drexel we find that your quality of life is not only about how well you function day-to-day, but it’s also important to maintain healthy intimate relationships.

Our physicians are experienced with this area of the disease and are always more than willing to provide direction and guidance.

Learn more about intimate relationships and IBD.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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