What you need to know about ulcerative colitis
Have you ever wondered why you have continuous bloody diarrhoea, stomach cramps, are dehydrated, and feel feverish all the time? If you have these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention as you could be at risk of ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis is one of the most common types of inflammatory bowel diseases which only affects the colon and rectum.
The disease can affect people of any age, however, most people who suffer from it are diagnosed before the age of 30. Mothers who feed their babies with cow’s milk during the first six months should stop because it could result in ulcerative colitis disorder in the future.
It is often caused by the immune system overreacting to normal bacteria in the digestive tract, or other kinds of bacteria and viruses can cause it.
Dr Private Kamanzi, a nutritionist from Amazon Wellness Centre Ltd in Remera, says that dietary factors are the main cause of ulcerative colitis, that is to say for babies who are exposed to poor feeding, for example if babies are given solid food (like cereal or wheat products) before six months, the food is not digestible, hence remains in the colon thus causing long term effects and ulcerative colitis is one of them.
However, he advises parents to breastfeed their children for at least one year because cow’s milk is dangerous for them and hard to digest.
Kamanzi discourages old people from depending on fried food since it can cause ulcerative colitis.