Top Three Reasons to do Regular Colonoscopies with IBD

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Top Three Reasons to do Regular Colonoscopies with IBD Whether you were recently diagnosed with IBD, have been told about the possibility of having IBD, or are curious about the colonoscopy procedure itself, then keep reading! We provide the top three reasons to do regular colonoscopies with IBD.  First off, what is a colonoscopy? Colonoscopies […]

Nutrition Labs to Ask For If You Have IBD

Nutrition Labs to Ask For If You Have IBD Here at The Crohn’s and Colitis Dietitians we work really hard to empower our clients to advocate for themselves and to stay on top of their healthcare. One way we do this is by consistently asking about nutrition-related labs that could be impacting the disease process.  […]

What are Inflammatory Markers?

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What are Inflammatory Markers? Causes and Possible Solutions Inflammatory markers are blood tests used to check for certain indicators associated with inflammation. These indicators, or biomarkers, result from the body’s natural immune response to injury, infection, or toxicity. Doctors may prescribe a variety of these tests to help them diagnose certain diseases and conditions. For […]

Can IBD affect sexual health?

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Sexual relationships and sexual health form an important part of the lives of many people. Sexual health is multidimensional, encompassing physical, emotional, social, mental, and spiritual aspects and even for those without a partner, it can be a significant part of their identity and influence their life choices. For those with inflammatory bowel diseases such […]

Can Fiber Cause a Stricture?

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If you suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease, chances are you may have heard about the risk of developing a stricture and the problems it can cause. Before we look at what a stricture is, let’s share a couple of key facts which highlight this risk:    Half of patients with Crohn’s Disease will have intestinal […]

What to eat for Microscopic Colitis

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Living with Microscopic Colitis – and any kind of inflammatory bowel disease – can feel like a continuous game of roulette; never quite knowing when symptoms will appear or which foods will trigger symptoms, not to mention the emotional impact of it all. Often it’s knowing what you are dealing with initially which will enable […]

What Helps IBD Fatigue: Ways to Fight Fatigue From Crohn’s and Colitis

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Chronic fatigue is a common symptom in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis and Microscopic colitis. It happens in up to 50% of patients with IBD at diagnosis.  According to NIH, fatigue is 2x as common in patients with IBD than in those without IBD. Several other studies have […]

Probiotic Foods for Crohn’s Disease: Are they right for you?

Probiotics for Crohn’s Disease There’s a lot we don’t know about Crohn’s disease, including what causes the disease and how to cure it. However, probiotics are a promising area of study, and it already has good initial results with other types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as ulcerative colitis. In Crohn’s disease, all or […]

Adverse Food Reactions: All The Crucial Facts You Should Know

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Did you know that adverse food reactions cause approximately 200,000 emergency room visits and 50,000 hospitalizations yearly in the United States? While these are just numbers to some people, others can’t help but worry about what types of food reactions they may have.  This article explains the different types of adverse food reactions and how […]

Are lectins bad for you? Why you shouldn’t worry about consuming them

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Do you sometimes experience digestive problems or irritation after eating some foods? If you notice whole grains, beans, or “nightshade” vegetables trigger some discomfort, lectins, a substance of these foods, maybe the leading cause. Lectins are proteins found in all plants but are in large amounts in nuts, legumes, seeds, wheat, and some veggies. Commonly […]