Hi, I’m Dr. Millie Long and I’m a gastroenterologist at the University of North Carolina Inflammatory Bowel Diseases Center where I help patients manage digestive diseases.
Here are three key tips I want to share with you today. First, get the facts. For those unfamiliar with IBD, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two most common forms of IBD.
Common symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and rectal bleeding.
Second, get in the game. Exercise, and eat right with IBD. Research shows that regular exercise leads to good health benefits, but there may be times when you may not feel up to exercising. If that’s the case, you can limit exercise when the disease is active. You may resume your exercise regimen once the disease is under control, you are eating regularly, and have more energy. When it comes to nutrition, remember that, while IBD is not caused by the foods you eat, patients may find that certain foods may aggravate their symptoms. For people with IBD, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet, because the disease may reduce your appetite while increasing your body’s energy needs.
Third, understand your options. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. But there are treatments available that directly address the inflammation that causes symptoms and help you to achieve and maintain remission.