Chips, burgers, chocolate, sausages, whole milk, biscuits, cakes and all high fat foods are not only allowed, but required
When the doctors said to Justin Hansen that his specific condition requires strict restrictive diet for the rest of his life, he remained shocked and scared. But then he learned what would be his diet. Chips, burgers, chocolate, sausages, whole milk, biscuits, cakes and all high fat foods are not only allowed, but required for Justin.
The doctors recommended Justin to increase his daily calorie intake by eating very sweet donuts, chips and puddings, report from Daily Mail.
Mr. Hansen was shocked. In order to survive, he had to eat mainly junk food.
Justin is 51 years old and he is a former IT consultant and have recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. It is a chronic inflammatory disease associated with the onset of ulcerative changes in the alimentary canal. Symptoms include pain, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and fatigue, but in some cases, such as for Justin, this leads to complications, known as intestinal failure.
Inflammation destroys the tissue of the intestine so deeply that surgeons have to cut some of them. Patients can generally live without part of their bowel, says Dr Simon Gabe, a gastroenterologist at the British St Mark’s Hospital. The average length of the gut varies between 3.5 and 8 metres, and the critical length that you need to survive is 1 m, the doctor added. The problem is that when the intestines are shorter, the food passes through them so fast that the calories, nutrients, fluids and salts are not absorbed by the body.
This means that only half of the nutrients will be absorbed. Typically, a patient must eat 50% more food in order to absorb all the substances. If the intestines are very short, like it is in the case of Justin – they need to eat even more.