Ulcerative Colitis Dietary Therapy
Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a disorder of the colon or large bowel. It usually begins as an inflammation of the colon down by the rectum and then spreads upward from there. Rectal bleeding is the hallmark of the disorder. In the past we physicians did not think there was anything specific in the diet that needed to be avoided. We prescribed a good nutritious diet with enough protein, calories and vitamins and that was about it. Recently, however, there has been an explosion of information and research not just about the very cause of ulcerative colitis but also about the diet itself and how the foods we eat could favorably and unfavorably influence the disorder. The dietary treatment of UC, based on known recent and startling science and research, is now one of the most exciting new events in gastroenterology. It promises to have enormous benefits to almost everyone with this disorder. Before embarking further into the diet, it is useful to know briefly about 3 important areas. Here are 3 new proven key facts about Ulcerative Colitis.