Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic gastrointestinal disease that affects over 1.6 million Americans. Ulcerative Colitis is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and is a close relative to Crohn’s disease. The disease causes inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding within your large intestine and can be life threatening. Ulcerative Colitis can affect portions of the colon (proctitis and distal colitis) or the entire colon and rectum (pancolitis). Its chronic nature makes it hard to predict the onset of a flare-up, or relapse, as they often appear suddenly. It is also unknown as to how long the flare will last. This is a lifelong invisible illness that may increase the risk of colon cancer. If not treated appropriately the inflammation can cause complications that can lead to perforations, anemia, toxic megacolon, emergency colorectal surgery, and more.
A list of symptoms can be found here. Most of what you read will tell you that food is not the cause of Crohn’s and Colitis. That is correct. Food does not cause IBD and food cannot cure it. However, I have found that what I feed my body and how I treat it is directly connected to the status of my condition.
There is currently no cure for Ulcerative Colitis. The cause of this disease is unknown.
For more information on this disease please visit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
Ulcerative Colitis can be embarrassing, debilitating, and worst of all, invisible to those around you. When I was first diagnosed I found a lot of comfort in the online IBD community on sites like Instagram/Facebook who have this same disease. So please know you are not alone.