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    1. 6 Tips for Living With an Ileostomy

      When you get an ileostomy, it’s a big adjustment. The first few weeks are the hardest, as you get used to emptying the pouch where waste now leaves your body. “But you’ll soon be able to enjoy your life as if you didn’t have an ileostomy,” says Jennifer Holder-Murray, MD, a colorectal surgeon and as

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    2. Expert Answers to Questions About Ulcerative Colitis

      When you find out that you have ulcerative colitis (UC), that explains why you have symptoms like diarrhea and abdominal cramps. But you probably still have questions, like about food, stress, and how likely your kids are to get UC.   Sushila Dalal, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the Univ

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    3. Tips for Everyday Challenges of Crohn's Disease

      Crohn's disease can get in the way of everyday activities, but you can overcome most of the challenges. Use these tactics to smooth out issues at home, at work, and in your relationships. Educate your family. Tell your family and friends what it's like to live with Crohn's. They may be confused abou

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    4. How to Keep Your Brain Fit for Life

      Just like your muscles need exercise, your brain needs mental workouts to stay in shape. But your gray matter gets so good at doing your daily routine that it barely has to work at it. So, you have to go above and beyond your everyday activities to stimulate it. That can help you prevent or reverse

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    5. Crohn's Disease: Diet and Nutrition

      Diet does not cause Crohn's disease. But pay attention to what you eat, because it can help you control your symptoms. Cutting out some foods may help, especially during a flare. Still, you want to make sure you eat a variety of healthy foods. "At this point, we don't have an ideal diet for Crohn's.

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    6. Take Control of Ulcerative Colitis Flares

      An important part of your ulcerative colitis (UC) treatment is to calm flares when they happen. But if you keep your disease in check, you may also have fewer symptoms over time. Here are six ways you can work to make flares become rare. Many people with UC stay on low doses of drugs such as 5-ASA,

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    7. A Guide for New Parents With Ulcerative Colitis

      Ulcerative colitis (UC) has been a part of Jennifer Guarnaccia's life since she was 13. For the last 4 years, the 28-year-old mom has had on-and-off symptom flares. Her most common problems: stomach cramps, fatigue, mouth sores, and diarrhea. "Some days I feel great. But more than half the time it's

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    8. Feeling Good About Your Body When You Have Crohn's

      Crohn's disease can take a toll on your body image, confidence, and comfort. But it doesn't have to. “It is possible to have a good body image with Crohn’s disease," says Sara Ringer, "but it’s something you have to continually put effort into.” Ringer, who's in her early 30s, has gotten medical car

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    9. Avoid Common Mistakes When You Have Crohn's

      Sometimes your best ally in preventing flare-ups from Crohn's disease is common sense. Avoid these key errors to keep Crohn's at bay. Crohn's is a complicated disease, and the treatments are always changing. Your best bet is to get treated by an experienced gastroenterologist. That's a doctor who sp

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    10. Taking a Biologic for Crohn's Disease: Risks and Benefits

      Biologics are a class of drugs that can relieve your Crohn's symptoms and keep you in remission. Your doctor may prescribe them if you have moderate to severe Crohn's that doesn't respond to other treatments. As with all drugs, you need to weigh the risks and benefits. Because they suppress the immu

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