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High Fiber Might Help With The Symptoms Of Crohn's Disease And Other Digestive Issues
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High Fiber Might Help With the Symptoms Of Crohn\'s Disease And Other Digestive Issues

Women who either have or are at risk for developing Crohn's Disease may lower that risk if they increase their daily dietary fiber intake according to new studies. Crohn's Disease, an often painful digestive disease is thought to be a combination of both genetic and environmental factors that work against one another.

Researchers used a high number of women who have been participating in the Nurse's Health Study and have been diagnosed with either Crohn's Disease or ulcerative colitis. For Crohn's, the median age of the women in the study was just under sixty while the ulcerative colitis patients were just over fifty years old. Each of the women were asked a number of questions about their symptoms as well as their food intake with updates taken every two years. The lowest fiber intake among the women was eleven grams while the highest was more than twice as high at twenty five grams. The researchers found that the women with the highest risk of developing these diseases or having flare ups were also the ones with the lowest fiber intake.

The researchers also found that the women who were experiencing or at risk of experiencing ulcerative colitis were not affected by fiber intake. Insoluble fiber did not play a role in any of the women in either group. What did seem to play a major role were cruciform vegetables which include cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, rutabagas, bok choy and collard greens. High in fiber content, these vegetables also have other health benefits that can play a positive role in digestive conditions.

Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory disease which affects the lining of the digestive system which can cause serious problems including abdominal pain and diarrhea. That can lead to other problems which might include the potential for malnutrition. That problem may become life threatening if left unchecked. Other symptoms can include serious pain and blood in the stools. While some people can go for years between symptoms and flare ups, others must deal with the condition on a daily or nearly daily basis. There is no cure for Crohn's and it is often misdiagnosed before the right diagnosis is given.

It is important to follow nutritional guidelines once the diagnosis of Crohn's disease is given, especially adding vitamins to ensure that the health is not affected. Fiber should also be increased as directed by the doctor to help reduce flares and to control some symptoms including pain and bloating.


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Thanks! Important article. Vitamins are useful when you're not getting good digestion. Ah - and having Crohn's disease sometimes makes it difficult to consume those healthy fibers at all. At least during flareups. Danger of perforation of the walls of the intestines means you can "pop" so to speak and leak out. TV pictures during 'scopes keep track since Crohn's can distroy the lining right on thru the entire thickness of the walls.

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