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Why is malnutrition possible when you have ulcerative colitis?

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When you have UC, there's a risk you could get malnourished because you don't eat enough food. When you get flares, you can get cramping pain and severe diarrhea, which can sometimes alternate with hard bowel movements and constipation.

Certain foods may make your symptoms worse. So on top of a lack of appetite that goes along with flare-ups, you may be tempted to cut back on how much you eat in hopes of easing your symptoms.

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 Minesh Khatri on July 07, 2019

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 Minesh Khatri on July 07, 2019

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