PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Why is iron important when you have UC?

ANSWER

When you have UC, you might lose iron through bleeding from the sores in your colon. If you don't have enough iron, you can get a condition called anemia, which can make you tired, dizzy, have a fast or irregular heartbeat, and have problems thinking. Your doctor can tell if you don't have enough iron with a blood test. If that's the case, he'll probably recommend you take an iron supplement.

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ulcerative Colitis."

National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease: "IBD basics."

University of Virginia Health System: "Nutrition and Ulcerative Colitis (UC)," "Nutritional Considerations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Colitis UK: "Food Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Ulcerative Colitis."

National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease: "IBD basics."

University of Virginia Health System: "Nutrition and Ulcerative Colitis (UC)," "Nutritional Considerations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Colitis UK: "Food Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

Why are folate and folic acid important when you have UC?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.