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Ulcerative colitis is smoking good for it?

Ulcerative colitis is smoking good for it?

Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis (uc) is less prevalent among smokers, and smoking can help reduce uc flares. If you are a smoker and want to continue smoking as a treatment of uc, you may want to try smoking cessation 1st to verify associations. While smoking may help you control uc flares, it's still not healthy for you for other reasons including cancer and cardiovascular risks. Consider nicotine patches. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonah Essers
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Ulcerative Colitis (Definition)

Ulcerative colitis (ul-sur-uh-tiv koe-lie-tis) is an inflammatory bowel disease (ibd) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs ...Read more


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Is it true that smoking actually reduces your risk of ulcerative colitis?

Is it true that smoking actually reduces your risk of ulcerative colitis?

Yes: Nicotine has been associated with UC amelioration. So use patch. Here's a good article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2014383/ Smoking per se strongly associated with lung cancer and CAD. Use the patch. ...Read more

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I am having ulcerative colitis from last 12 years. I heard about smoking effects on ulcerative colitis, then i too started smoking it really worked.

I am having ulcerative colitis from last 12 years. I heard about smoking effects on ulcerative colitis, then i too started smoking it really worked.

Double Edged Sword: Interestingly, tobacco use with uc has been shown to help with symptoms of the inflammatory bowel disease, which is the opposite as seen with crohn's disease (worsens symptoms/flare ups) nonetheless - there are countless adverse effects from smoking. While calming (because it doesn't cure it) one, you may be introducing a host of other risks to your health. ...Read more

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Is it true that cigarette smoking actually helps with ulcerative colitis? And it makes it less likely to develop Parkinson's disease?

Is it true that cigarette smoking actually helps with ulcerative colitis? And it makes it less likely to develop Parkinson's disease?

Apparently??: Apparently it does reduce symptoms of ulcerative colitis. I cannot state much about Parkinsons? There is some benefit to coffee/caffeine but not cigarettes? (I'm pretty sure that if I am wrong I will be corrected). Anyways, would not use this as a reason to smoke. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are really good foods for ulcerative colitis?

Could you tell me what are really good foods for ulcerative colitis?

No specific diet: Many diets have been tested for ulcerative colitis, but there is no evidence to support any particular diet. Some people feel like certain foods bother them, but that is different for each person. So listen to your own body. But most of all, see your gastroenterologist and make sure you are on medical therapy for ulcerative colitis, because diet alone will not control colitis. ...Read more

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What's a good treatment for ulcerative colitis?

What's a good treatment for ulcerative colitis?

Too complicated!: There is no single "good" treatment for ulcerative colitis. Sometimes several different treatment approaches are needed to keep symptoms & damaging inflammation under control. For further information, i suggest one or more of the following: >mayoclinic.org/patientinformationwww.gastro.org/patient-centerwww.aafp.org/patient-center ...Read more

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What Ayurveda medication is good for ulcerative colitis? Will kutajaristha work?

You tell us: Ayurvedic treatments may be great need scientific out come data to use them as primary treatment , lacking such data , as your disease is very complex , neglect will lead to disasters , you must take traditional medication under physician supervision , take ayurvedic medication as health supplements .You must follow with your doctor regular basis to avid complications. ...Read more

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Have ulcerative colitis from 8 years. Not much improvement from medication. Is it good to take aloevera gel to control the symptoms?

Yes: Yes , if it helps you and make you feel better, sorry you are suffering for 8 years from this terrible disease, make sure go go for regular colonoscopy examination, incidence of malignancy increases with time, some intractable cases even may need a total colectomy , follow your doctor(s) advise. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ulcerative colitis and want to build muscle, swimming a good idea?

What to do if I have ulcerative colitis and want to build muscle, swimming a good idea?

Swimming: Swimming is always a good workout , but to look like the collegiate or olympic athletes you may have seen on tv , takes more than just swimming . They put in a rigorous dry land regimen as well . As we all age , our desire to look like that doesn't change , but our ability does. Swim and enjoy the exercise but don't expect swimming alone to build muscle. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colitis (Definition)

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