Ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, is a relatively common long-term condition that causes inflammation in the colon. Find the answers to frequently asked questions about ulcerative colitis below.
No one knows the exact cause of ulcerative colitis, but it may be linked to several factors, including:
Your Mercy gastroenterologist or dietitian can provide a personalized nutrition plan based on the severity of your symptoms and the treatments you’ve received.
A few general eating tips include:
Since experts aren’t sure exactly what causes ulcerative colitis, there’s no known way to prevent the disease from developing. Generally, a diet high in fiber from fruits and vegetables is thought to reduce the risk of developing ulcerative colitis. Mercy gastroenterologists offer treatments to help prevent or reduce flare-ups of ulcerative colitis symptoms.
It’s important to treat ulcerative colitis right away. The disease can lead to life-threatening complications like severe bleeding, colon rupture, malnutrition, liver disease, kidney failure and colon cancer if left untreated.
The conditions are different in three primary ways:
Ulcerative colitis can be extremely painful, and people with the condition experience different types of pain. It can feel like a stabbing or burning sensation, severe cramping or a persistent stomachache.
Life doesn’t stop for people who have ulcerative colitis. Mercy provides advanced care and personalized support to help them lead active lives.