If your doctor believes that you have Ulcerative Colitis (UC), you have little choice. UC does not respond to dietary changes, and the inflammation will continue unless you take medication to suppress it. Sometimes people with UC have food intolerances as well, which may cause bouts of diarrhoea, but even if you avoid the foods which you have discovered to have this effect, the inflammation in the bowel wall will persist.
Crohn’s Disease (CD) on the other hand, is quite different. There are many scientific papers reporting on the way that this disease may be put into remission by an appropriate diet. On the other hand, it will also often respond satisfactorily to the same drugs as are used in UC. Patients with CD therefore have a choice.
There are a number of factors to consider here. Tablets are easy to take, and no-one need know what they are if you don’t want them to. They usually work quickly, and if they don’t your doctor can suggest alternatives which may prove more suitable. On the other hand there are a number of questions to think about first:
Diet is wonderful when it is sorted out. There is complete control of the disease, and if you wish to make certain that you are in good health, such as before an exam or a holiday, you can ensure that nothing goes wrong by following the diet conscientiously. For young women, it is important to realise that diet allows a normal pregnancy. What is more, there is no risk of drug side-effects, and after a few months the diet becomes such second nature that many forget that they are on a diet at all! However, it also presents difficulties and some factors to consider may be: