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Diet for inflammatory bowel disease

06/12/2009 - Questions and Answers

Diet for inflammatory bowel disease

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I am 52 years old, suffering from inflammable bowel disease (a relatively small area only - 10 centimeters). I've had up to 9 motions a day for the last 3 years. What type of diet can you suggest? I am a pure vegetarian.

 

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No single diet is suitable for all ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. A registered dietician can help you find the best diet, based on your experience of which foods must be avoided and which foods are "safe." The dietician will ensure adequate calories and nutritional intake with a diet made up of foods that are, for you, problem-free.
 

Very high fiber diets, although they're good for the cardiovascular system, can make UC worse. Small meals, around five a day, can help control symptoms. Natural foods in a predominantly vegetarian diet, consisting mainly of vegetables, fruits, and grains (not wheat), are often best.
 

Keep a food diary, in which you note all the foods and liquids you've taken during the day, their volume, the time of day, and the severity of your symptoms. You may need to do this for a while after starting on the dietician's recommended diet, while it is being fine-tuned.
 

 

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Created on: 01/30/2004
Reviewed on: 06/12/2009

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