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There are a number of lifestyle changes that a person living with ulcerative colitis may be able to make in order to control his or her symptoms. Learning to manage stress and seeking counseling and support can all be helpful in reducing some of the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Lifestyle changes can also include things such as regular exercise, yoga, and massages. However, while making dietary and lifestyle changes may help a person feel better, they don't cure ulcerative colitis.

An Overview of Living With Ulcerative Colitis

It is estimated that nearly 500,000 people in the United States are living with ulcerative colitis. While ulcerative colitis can seriously affect your life, and may require special care at times, it's rarely life-threatening.
Depending on how serious your condition is, your doctor may recommend a combination of different treatments. These ulcerative colitis treatment options may include:
In addition to making dietary changes and taking medicine, there are a few lifestyle changes that may be helpful in dealing with ulcerative colitis. Lifestyle changes that can help deal with ulcerative colitis can include:
  • Reducing stress
  • Counseling or support.

Ulcerative Colitis Diet Changes

Ulcerative colitis research has shown that there is no diet that can prevent or cure the condition. However, many people find that certain types of foods can worsen their symptoms.
If you are living with ulcerative colitis, you may be able to make changes in your diet to control your symptoms. You might need to:
  • Limit dairy products
  • Try low-fat foods
  • Experiment with how much protein and fiber you eat
  • Avoid problem "gassy" foods
  • Eat smaller and more frequent meals.
(Click Ulcerative Colitis Diet to learn more about dietary recommendations for people living with ulcerative colitis.)
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