Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause severe bouts of diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, and other symptoms, possibly caused by an abnormal immune response that damages the lining of the colon and rectum.

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10 Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Research has given us some hints as to the causes of IBD. It has been found that a combination of genes and environmental exposures is probably to blame. Here are some factors that may affect IBD risk.

14 Foods to Avoid If You Have Ulcerative Colitis

Specific foods or eating habits don't cause ulcerative colitis, but they can make it worse. Here are some common foods that can exacerbate ulcerative colitis symptoms.

8 Famous People With Ulcerative Colitis

Here are eight people with ulcerative colitis who achieved fame for their artistic, athletic, business, and political contributions—not their disease.

13 Surprising Causes of Constipation

What causes constipation? Well, the obvious culprits include a low fiber diet, repeatedly ignoring the urge to go, not drinking enough water, or a lack of exercise. Here are 13 possible causes of constipation you may not have considered.

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Ulcerative Colitis? Try These Dessert Recipes

Choosing the right foods can help control symptoms, which include crampy abdominal pain and severe diarrhea. It can take trial and error to find the food that works best for you, but these low-fiber, nondairy recipes may help.

8 Tips for Coping With Ulcerative Colitis

Day-to-day life with ulcerative colitis (UC) can be a major challenge. This inflammatory bowel disease affects the digestive tract, and during flare-ups can cause abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss.