What teas can help me with my autoimmune disorder?

Autoimmune disorders are very difficult to live with. With an autoimmune disorder, the body basically attacks its own cells and organs because it sees them as invading pathogens. Disorders such as Celiac disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and Rheumatoid arthritis are all autoimmune, and they all have one thing in common: inflammation.

When the body attacks itself, it causes a lot of swelling around the part that is being attacked. This swelling is very painful, and it can be both debilitating and immobilizing. Countering the inflammation is the key to reducing pain, so here are a few teas to help you with the swelling caused by your autoimmune disorder:

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Green Tea

A study conducted at the Oregon State University found that green tea can help to fight autoimmune disorders. Green tea contains EGCG, a polyphenol that provides dozens of other health benefits. ECGC can influence your immune system, to a certain extent preventing it from attacking your own cells. It can reduce the severity of the autoimmune disorder, though there is no known cure.

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Rosehip Tea

Chronic pain can often be caused by inflammatory foods like white sugar, white flour, and artificial foods. Preventing the inflammation is possible thanks to the Vitamin C is rosehip tea, which helps to boost your immune health.

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Eucalyptus Tea

The oil of the eucalyptus leaf contains a nutrient called eucalyptol, which has been found to reduce congestion in the lungs and inflammation in the body. Drinking eucalyptus tea will be a good way to get a low dose of this useful nutrient, which will reduce the swelling caused by your autoimmune disorder.

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Ginger Tea

Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory root, as it contains zingerone, an antioxidant that can help to reduce swelling in your throat and lungs. You can drink a cup or two of ginger tea, and you’ll find that it can help to relax your muscles and reduce the swelling in your body.

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Tumeric Tea

You may not want to make a tea with only turmeric, as the bright yellow root has a very strong flavor. However, our Stimulating Tea contains the root, which has been used for centuries by Ayurvedic healers to deal with autoimmune disorders. Thanks to the curcumin in the root, you can reduce the inflammation and pain caused by your arthritis, tendonitis, and other autoimmune disorders.

 

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Always consult your physician before beginning any herbal treatment program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate treatment plan.

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Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Effects on Digestion & Diet

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HOW DO CROHN’ S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS INTERFERE WITH DIGESTION?

The real work of digestion goes on in the small intestine, which lies just beyond the stomach. In the small intestine, digestive juices from both the liver (termed bile) and the pancreas mix with food. This mixing is powered by the churning action of the intestinal muscle wall. After digested food is broken down into small molecules, it is absorbed through the surface of the small intestine and distributed to the rest of the body by the blood stream. Watery food residue and secretions that are not digested in the small intestine pass on into the large intestine (the colon). The colon reabsorbs much of the water added to food in the small intestine. This is a kind of water conservation or recycling mechanism.

Solid, undigested food residue is then passed from the large intestine as a bowel movement.

When the small intestine is inflamed—as it often is with Crohn’s disease—the intestine becomes less able to digest and absorb food nutrients fully. Such nutrients, as well as unabsorbed bile salts, can escape into the large intestine to varying degrees, depending on how extensively and how severely the small intestine has been injured by inflammation. This is one reason why people with Crohn’s disease become malnourished, in addition to just not having much appetite. Furthermore, incompletely digested foods that travel through the large intestine interfere with water conservation, even if the colon itself is not damaged. Thus, when Crohn’s disease affects the small intestine, it may cause diarrhea as well as malnutrition. Should the large intestine also be inflamed, the diarrhea is likely to be worse. In ulcerative colitis, only the colon is inflamed; the small intestine works normally. Because the inflamed colon does not recycle water properly, diarrhea can be severe.

IS THERE A SPECIAL DIET FOR PEOPLE WITH IBD?

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Dietary recommendations for people with IBD must be individualized: They depend on which disease you have and what part of your intestine is affected. Many people have food intolerances— far more than really have true food allergies. One of the more common intolerances, lactose intolerance, is the inability to digest lactose (milk sugar), which is related to genetic tendencies and to small bowel function. Elimination tests are better at diagnosing which foods must be avoided or modified than the standard allergy skin or blood testing. Many good books discuss the proper way to follow such an “elimination diet,” which involves keeping a food and symptom diary over several weeks.

About two thirds of people with small bowel Crohn’s disease develop a marked narrowing (or stricture) of the lower small intestine, the ileum. For these patients, a low-fiber with low residue diet (see below) or a special liquid diet may be beneficial in minimizing abdominal pain and other symptoms. Often, these dietary modifications are temporary; the patient follows them until the inflammation that caused the narrowing responds either to treatment or to a corrective surgery. Individual experience, sometimes with the guidance of a registered dietitian, remains the single most useful guide to selection of foods for any person with IBD.

WHAT IS A LOW-FIBER WITH LOW RESIDUE DIET?

This diet minimizes the consumption of foods that add “scrapy” residue to the stool. These include raw fruits, vegetables, and seeds, as well as nuts and corn hulls. The registered dietitian associated with your IBD treatment program can assist you in devising such a diet when appropriate.

IS NUTRITION OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE TO IBD PATIENTS?

Yes, vitally so. IBD patients, especially people with Crohn’s disease, are prone to becoming malnourished for several reasons. First, the appetite is often reduced. Second, chronic diseases tend to increase the energy (calorie) needs of the body. This is especially the case when IBD is “flaring up. ”Third, IBD, particularly

Crohn’s disease is often associated with maldigestion and malabsorption of dietary protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, and a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Thus, much of what one eats may never truly get into the body. On the other hand, good nutrition is one of the assets the body uses to restore itself to health. Therefore, the tendency to become malnourished must be resisted. Restoration and maintenance of good nutrition is a key principle in the management of IBD.

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WHEN IBD IS ACTIVE, WHICH FOODS SHOULD BE EATEN?

An appropriate diet should contain a variety of foods from all food groups. Meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products, if tolerated, are sources of protein; bread, cereal, starches, fruits, and vegetables are sources of carbohydrate; margarine and oils are sources of fat. Your physician and the registered dietitian with whom he or she is associated can help you with meal planning. Generally, if the colon is inflamed, avoiding scrappy foods such as nuts, corn hulls, and raw vegetables is advised until some healing has occurred.

SHOULD MILK BE AVOIDED?

Some people cannot properly digest lactose, the sugar present in milk and many milk products, regardless of whether they have IBD. This may occur because the inner surface of the small intestine lacks a digestive enzyme, called lactase. Poor lactose digestion may lead to cramps, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and bloating. Because symptoms of lactose intolerance may be very similar to the symptoms of IBD, recognizing lactose intolerance may be difficult.

A simple “lactose tolerance test” can be performed to identify the problem. If there is any question, milk ingestion may be limited. Alternatively, lactase supplements may be added to many dairy products, so that they no longer cause symptoms. Your registered dietitian may assist you and/or your child with this. It is desirable to maintain intake of at least some dairy products, because they are such a good source of nutrition, in particular calcium and protein.

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IS IBD CAUSED BY ALLERGY TO FOOD?

No. Although some people do have allergic reactions to certain foods, neither Crohn’s disease nor ulcerative colitis is related to food allergy. People with IBD may think they are allergic to foods because they associate the symptoms of IBD with eating.

DO PATIENTS WITH THESE DISEASES ABSORB FOODS NORMALLY?

Most often, yes. Patients with inflammation only in the large intestine absorb food normally. People with Crohn’s disease may have problems with digestion if their disease involves the small intestine. The degree to which digestion is impaired depends on how much of the small intestine is diseased and whether any intestine has been removed during surgery. If only the last foot or two of the ileum is inflamed, the absorption of all nutrients except vitamin B-12 will probably be normal. If more than two or three feet of ileum is diseased, significant malabsorption of fat may occur. If the upper small intestine is also inflamed, the degree of malabsorption in Crohn’s disease is apt to be much worse, and deficiencies of many nutrients, minerals, and more vitamins are likely. Some

IBD therapies, especially the 5-ASA medications (e.g., Asacol,® Canasa,® Colazal,® Dipentum,® Pentasa® and Rowasa®), cause interference with the absorption of folate, so this vitamin, so essential in preventing cancer and birth defects, should be supplemented.

SHOULD ANY SUPPLEMENTAL VITAMINS BE TAKEN?

Vitamin B-12 is absorbed in the lower ileum. Therefore, persons with ileitis (Crohn’s disease that affects the ileum) may require injections of vitamin B-12, because they cannot absorb enough from their diet. If you are on a low-fiber diet, you may be receiving an inadequate supply of certain vitamins common in fruits, such as vitamin C. In the setting of chronic IBD, it is worthwhile for most persons to take a multivitamin preparation regularly. If you suffer from maldigestion or have undergone intestinal surgery, other vitamins, particularly vitamin D, may be required. Vitamin D supplementation should be in the range of 800 U/day, especially in the non-sunny areas of the country, and calcium intake should be emphasized, with calcium citrate for those older or on acid reducing medications. Steroid use and Crohn’s disease itself are linked to bone thinning and osteoporosis, so screening with bone density studies is suggested for those at risk.

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ARE ANY SPECIAL MINERALS RECOMMENDED?

In most IBD patients, there is no obvious lack of minerals. However, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium supplements may prove necessary in people who have extensive small intestinal disease or who have had substantial lengths of intestine removed through surgery. Iron therapy is helpful to correct anemia. Oral iron turns the stools black, which can sometimes simulate intestinal bleeding.

SHOULD PEOPLE WITH IBD BE CONCERNED ABOUT FLUID INTAKE?

Yes. In a condition with chronic diarrhea, there may be a risk of dehydration. If fluid intake does not keep up with diarrhea, kidney function may be affected. Patients with Crohn’s and other diarrheal diseases have an increased incidence of kidney stones, which is related to this problem. Furthermore, dehydration and salt loss create a feeling of weakness. For these reasons, people with IBD should consume ample fluids, especially in warm weather when skin losses of salt and water may be high.

DOES NUTRITION AFFECT GROWTH?

In young people with IBD whose IBD began before puberty, growth may be retarded. Poor food intake may contribute to poor growth. Thus, good nutritional habits and adequate caloric intake are very important. Control of the disease with drugs or, less often, surgical removal of a particularly diseased region of intestine, is most successful when appropriate dietary intake is maintained.

WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT?

Because IBD, especially Crohn’s disease, may improve with nutritional support, enteral nutrition (a nutrient-rich liquid formula) or tube feeding may be necessary. Due to its taste, enteral nutrition is given overnight through a tube, most commonly from the nose to the stomach. Patients are taught to pass a tube each night, so that they can receive nutrition while sleeping. In the morning, they remove the tube and go about their normal activity. In this way, patients receive all the nutrition they need and are free to eat normally—or not—throughout the day. Enteral feedings can also be given through a gastrostomy tube (G-tube). This is a tube located on the abdominal wall that goes directly into the stomach. The feedings are most commonly given overnight, but they can also be given intermittently throughout the day Parenteral nutrition (nutrition delivered through a catheter placed into a large blood vessel, usually one in the chest) is rarely needed. Parenteral nutrition has more complications than enteral nutrition and does not nourish the gastrointestinal tract itself.

WHAT’S NEW IN NUTRITIONAL THERAPY FOR IBD?

Eating to help the gut heal itself is one of the new concepts, and numerous experimental studies are being conducted in this area.  Probiotics are just beginning to be appreciated as a therapeutic aid in IBD. These are “good” bacteria that restore balance to the enteric microflora—bacteria that live in everybody’s intestine. Lactobacillus preparations and live-culture yogurt can be very helpful in aiding recovery of the intestine. There is much work being done in the use of diet and supplements to aid in the healing of IBD and much more to be learned.

In summary, while there is no evidence that diet and nutrition play a role in causing IBD, maintaining a well-balanced diet that is rich in nutrients can help you to live a healthier life. Proper nutrition depends, in large part, on whether you have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and what part of your intestine is affected. It’s important to talk to your doctor. It also can be helpful to ask your physician to recommend a dietitian in order to develop a diet that works for you.

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Research is a vital part of developing new treatments and cures for autoimmune disorders. Plasma Med Research is currently looking for those with Crohn’s and UC to donate a small blood sample that will contribute to medical research.

If you, or someone you know is interested in participating, please reach out to us on Facebook, or at www.plasmamedpatients.com/contact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norovirus & the Olympics: What to Know

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The bug began Sunday amongst a group of security guards staying at the youth training center in Pyeongchang. Nervous organizers have since quarantined at least 1,200 Olympics staffers as a precaution. And South Korean officials deployed roughly 900 military personnel to help with the security shortage. So far, no athletes have been infected. But officials are on high alert, as some of the security workers showing symptoms reportedly worked at the athletes’ villages.

In light of the norovirus, here’s what you need to know.

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What is the norovirus?

The norovirus is also referred to as the “winter vomiting bug,” Lee-Ann Jaykus, the scientific director for NoroCORE, a food safety initiative that’s funded through a $25 million grant from the USDA, told Fox News.

And it’s common: roughly 21 million Americans get the virus each year, according to the CDC.

The norovirus is consumed through the mouth, reaches a person’s gastrointestinal tract and inflames the stomach or intestines, or both. As a result, the virus causes nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, which leads to dehydration. It can also cause fever, headaches and body aches.

While the symptoms can be severe, most people recover within days.

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How does it spread?

The norovirus, which has different strains, can spread easily — especially in close spaces, Jaykus said.

A common way the virus is transmitted is through close contact with an infected person. This is either directly or indirectly; such as sharing a bathroom, a dorm room or another communal space. Cruise ships, schools and nursing homes “are the most commonly reported settings for norovirus outbreaks,” the CDC says.

More specifically, however, the virus spreads through fecal matter and vomit.

When an infected person vomits or defecates, “massive amounts [of the virus] are excreted,” Jaykus explained. “There are millions to billions of particles in one just one gram.”

“It only takes a few virus particles to make people sick,” she added.

The virus also spreads through food and contaminated water.

Food handlers who are sick and don’t practice adequate hygiene can easily infect other people. Infected water can also spread the illness, though this more commonly occurs in developing countries, Jaykus noted.

How do you prevent it?

Unlike the flu and other illnesses, there is no vaccine to prevent norovirus.

“Hand washing is hugely important. In fact, it’s the single most important thing for people attending Olympics.”– Lee-Ann Jaykus

Keeping your hands washed and thoroughly cleaning contaminated surfaces is key to prevent the spread of infection.

“Hand washing is hugely important,” Jaykus said. “In fact, it’s the single most important thing for people attending Olympics,” she said.

The norovirus is extremely hard to kill, Jaykus warned. Inactivating the virus requires a high concentration of bleach. And while it’s easy enough to clean countertops and other similar surfaces with bleach, the same can’t be said for carpet and furniture. Alcohol isn’t strong enough to entirely kill the virus either, Jaykus added.

“The norovirus can be spread for weeks,” said Jaykus, who added that quarantining infected people can also be useful in preventing the spread of norovirus.

How did the norovirus spread at the Winter Olympics?

The short answer: no one is sure.

Health officials in South Korea said that a preliminary five-day survey of water for cooking and drinking has come up negative for norovirus. Restaurants and all food facilities linked to the Olympics will also be inspected.

“This is really scary for the athletes — if you have norovirus you really are incapacitated,” said Jaykus, though no athletes have reported having symptoms of the virus.


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Targeted Treatments: Updates in Finding the Cure for Inflammatory Diseases

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Inflammatory diseases such as Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis have been linked to faults in a critical immune pathway that enables inflammation to continue unchecked.

Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, have shed new light on how this immune response is controlled, and hope it could lead to new drugs for people with these chronic diseases.

A NOD to Inflammatory Diseases

Mr Che Stafford, Dr Ueli Nachbur, Professor John Silke and colleagues at the Institute led the research, which was published today in Cell Reports. The critical immune pathway in question is the NOD2 pathway, which detects and responds to bacterial invaders by releasing inflammatory signals to fight the infection.

Inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and inflammatory skin diseases have been linked to faults in how the NOD2 pathway is regulated.

Dr.Nachbur said faults in how the NOD2 pathway was controlled could enable the cell to continue to cause inflammation long after the bacterial threat has passed, leading to chronic inflammatory diseases.

“Inflammation occurs when our immune cells release inflammatory messengers, or cytokines, which is a normal response to disease. However when too many cytokines are produced, inflammation can get out-of-control and damage our own body – a hallmark of inflammatory diseases,” Dr Nachbur said.

Inflammatory ‘controllers’ identified

Mr.Stafford said the research team showed that a protein called xIAP was the ‘master controller’ that initiated inflammation via the NOD2 pathway.

“We revealed that xIAP was the key to initiating the inflammatory response in these cells,” Mr Stafford said. “We also showed that, once the NOD2 pathway trigger is initiated, the cells need a second, amplifying step to complete a full-strength immune response.”

Knowing the key players in the entire NOD2 pathway, from initiators to enhancers, would pave the way for new strategies to treat inflammatory diseases, Mr Stafford said.

“Targeting key components of the NOD2 pathway shows promise as a way of switching off ongoing inflammation associated with diseases such as Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis. In 2015 our research team showed that blocking a different protein in the NOD2 pathway could halt inflammation and was able to halt the progression of multiple sclerosis in a preclinical model. So, it is very exciting to identify other potential targets for treating these diseases,” he said.

Need for Targeted Treatments & Donors’ Help

Clarifying how the NOD2 pathway was regulated on a molecular level was important for developing new treatments for inflammatory diseases, Dr Nachbur said.

“Chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis have a very significant impact to people’s lives and new, targeted treatments are urgently needed. xIAP has other roles in the cell, such as regulation of cell death, so it is a tricky target for treating inflammatory diseases. However these new discoveries provide us with vital information to develop new treatment strategies that could lead to a safe and effective way of switching off inflammation for treating disease,” Dr Nachbur said.

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Becoming a Blood Sample Donor: Why does it matter, misconceptions & how much impact do you actually make?

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Short and simple, even a one time donation of blood can make a huge difference for researchers and patients worldwide.

For anyone diagnosed with cancer, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic diseases and conditions, perhaps the most promising hope for discovering cures lies inside their own bodies – more specifically, in the cells traveling through their blood.

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Misconceptions

Many people with these conditions shy away from becoming a donor because they fear that they need to donate unsafe amounts of blood to contribute. However, this is a misconception.

Donors are often asked to donate only a small amount of blood, as little as 10mL, which is a less than a tablespoon!

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PlasmaMed’s small blood sample requirement allows people to contribute to research that generally wouldn’t be able to. 

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Researchers across the nation as in need of more specialized cells, from donors that are diagnoses with illnesses, to do their cutting-edge medical research, which is why PlasmaMed Research is here to help. 

After you leave the office, your blood donation directly goes to researchers that use your blood to accelerate their studies which allows for faster development of treatments and cures for debilitating diseases.  

“Like a lot of blood science, these testing programs got their start in the late 1980s when HIV and AIDS were on the rise. That’s when the NHLBI started the first iteration of the REDS program, initially called the Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study. It did a lot of work to better understand HIV and better characterize the risks of infection,” says Simone Glynn, chief of the Blood Epidemiology and Clinical Therapeutics Branch at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. “Those samples go to various researchers,” Glynn says, “they’re used by people who are developing diagnostic tests and treatments for (diseases) like Zika, for example, because it’s a source they can evaluate.”

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When asked what donating meant to them, this is what these donors had to say:

“I’m capable of donating blood and helping people that suffer from a chronic illness, why wouldn’t I do it? If it means contributing to finding a cure for others just like me…why not do it?” -Julia

“Giving a little blood you won’t miss, can save lives” -Felipe

“Donating means cooperating with life, with the facility (blood bank), helping others and oneself… helping others not expecting anything in return; in addition to having the right to take the day off, though I never do” -Lucas

“Helping others. People need cures and one day I may need it (a cure), so I need to do my share to ensure I’ll have it. I need to help somehow whoever is in need. I always had a desire to help, perhaps because of my upbringing” -Marcos

Patient Involvement in Research Agenda

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PlasmaMed research recruits patients with various indications including but not limited to

  • LSCLC, cervical cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma
  • Lupus, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis
  • HIV, HCV, HBV 
  • Zika, and much more.

Patients are always compensated $50+ for their time and commitment to making a difference.


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What are the Differences between Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

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Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease are both Inflammatory Bowel Diseases affecting the bowel and colon. The common symptoms of these diseases are weight loss, severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and fatigue.

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are found among many Americans. Symptoms of these conditions are abdominal pain, exhaustion, weight loss, and bloody diarrhea which can result in anemia. This has severe effects on the colon and bowel and can result in irritable bowel syndrome.

Ulcerative Colitis (UC) mostly attacks the mucosa and submucosa in the large intestine. It occurs normally in young adults starting from the age of 10 to 19 or 20 years old, irrespective of sex. Although the exact cause of this disease is not known, it is mostly attributed to infectious, immunological issues, nutritional and psychogenic related conditions, and both physical and emotional factors. Stress can be a major factor in the worsening of the illness. The presence of this disease may also be influenced by genes and environmental elements.

Ulcerative Colitis is usually indicated by frequent diarrhea. In acute cases, bloody diarrhea and severe pain and cramps in the abdominal region are major symptoms. This can also result in swelling of the abdomen. These conditions may result in anemia. The reduced intake of food and irritable bowel syndrome may bring down the water level and electrolytes in the body. Fever, weight loss, anorexia, and vomiting are the other features of this bowel disease.

Crohn’s Disease is more or less similar to UC. In fact, there are so many similarities between the two that sometimes it becomes difficult to differentiate between the two diseases. The main difference, however, is that Crohn’s does not attack the rectum, whereas Ulcerative Colitis does. Another major difference is that while UC affects only the mucosa and submucosa of the intestinal region, Crohn’s affects the muscularis propria in addition to the other two. Crohn’s Disease typically causes fistulas and strictures while UC results in deadly megacolon and if left untreated can even lead to colonic carcinoma. Due to constant inflammation and regeneration of the colonic wall, there appears a thickening of the bowel wall in Crohn’s Disease. In the case of UC however, the ulcerations made by the intestinal tract cause deep recesses or notches creating the appearance of pseudopolyps.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

However, an X-Ray can help differentiate between the two inflammatory bowel diseases. Although both classified as irritable bowel syndrome, the manner of treating ulcerative colitis is different from that of treating Crohn’s Disease even if some medications may be used for both. While diet plays a major role in Crohn’s, UC doesn’t seem to be affected much by diet.

 

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The A – Z of The Ultimate Cheat Sheet On Ulcerative Colitis

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What is it?

The word ulcerative colitis literary means inflammatory disease of the large intestine, characterized by the formation of the ulcers. Thus ulcerative colitis belongs to the group of disorders called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS).

 

 

What causes it?

Perhaps no one would be able to say the exact cause of the disease. Most probably it is a combination of three things: environmental factors, genetics, and autoimmunity. Genetics means that there could be family history, and the person may inherit the collection of weak genes that increase the risk of disease. However, the disease has to be triggered by some changes in environment like some stressful condition, infection, food poisoning. Genetics and environment triggers cause the immune system to behave in wrong way, leading to the disease. The local immune system in the intestine starts to overreact to the infections or microbes thus leading to severe local inflammation, that may further erode to give rise to ulcers.

 

What are the symptoms?

It would start with the symptoms related to the disease of the large intestine, that is chronic diarrhea that would last for weeks or even months, and most treatments would not help enough. Blood in stool is common due to ulceration of large intestine or area near the rectum. Other symptoms would be abdominal cramping, pain in the rectum (pain would come and go), weight loss, chills, abdominal bloating, dehydration. If left untreated, many other symptoms of malnutrition may occur.

The disease is characterized by the flares and remissions, that is times when you may feel utterly sick, followed by the intervals of relative calm.

 

What are the tests?

There is the whole array of tests available. The doctor would often start with stool and blood test, not only to diagnose ulcerative colitis, but also to rule out other similar diseases. Colonoscopy may help to visualize the colon, and if needed take samples of tissue for histological examination. Abdominal CT scan, MRI, X-ray.

What needs to be done?

It is a condition that must be treated under the supervision of a doctor as it needs more than symptomatic care. The doctor would often use anti-inflammatory therapy by using amino-salicylates, corticosteroids, or immunosuppressants. Some cases may require surgical treatment.

 

What should I eat?

When it comes to diet, avoid high-fat food. Drink lots of liquids including coconut water, have more of ripe banana, ripe papaya, boiled apple, cabbage, carrots, and curd. Avoid (during flares) dairy products, high fiber food, alcohol, cut down on caffeine and carbonated beverages.

What can prevent it?

Change lifestyle, make significant changes to diet, avoid stressful conditions.

What are the dangers?

It increases the risk of some health conditions. Bones become weaker due to osteoporosis, in teenagers it may decrease the growth and development, even adults may lose too much body weight. It may cause disease of bile duct called sclerosing cholangitis, rare but life-threatening complication like megacolon due to trapping of gasses (increased risk of rupture), and finally, it increases the risk of bowel cancer.

 

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