Digestive Health

How to Apply for Disability When You Have IBD

If you can't work because of Crohn's or ulcerative colitis, applying for Social Security disability benefits could help improve your life. Here are the steps you need to take.

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Dear Society: A Letter From a UC Patient

What with all the stigma surrounding ulcerative colitis and other digestive health conditions, this woman has one simple plea for modern society.

By Jackie Zimmerman

‘Invisible’ Blood in the Stool Raises Risk of Death

Researchers found that a positive fecal occult blood test result is associated with a 58 percent higher risk of death from all causes. Invisible blood in the stool is believed to be a marker for inflammation in the body, which can indicate a serious medical problem.

By Diane Domina

Low FODMAP Diet to Treat Digestive Health Issues

The low FODMAP diet can help to prevent bloating, cramping, diarrhea, flatulence, and other symptoms that are common for people who suffer from IBS, Crohn's disease, UC, or celiac disease. These are the foods to stock up on, and the ones to avoid.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

IBD: 3 Women Share Stories About Applying for Disability

HealthCentral spoke with three women who successfully applied for Social Security insurance benefits about their experiences and advice for others.

By Mandy Morgan

How I Overcame 5 Ulcerative Colitis Insecurities

Living with a chronic condition like IBD can leave you with deep insecurities. Here’s how Mandy dealt with hers.

By Mandy Morgan

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Living With Crohn's Disease

Whether it's dancing, biking, traveling, or hiking: yes, you can do that with Crohn's. Learn which foods will help rather than harm; how to advocate for yourself at the doctor's office; and how to navigate stigma.

Living With Ulcerative Colitis

Discover the most healing foods for your UC, as well as how to look and feel your best, build a strong relationship with your care team, and how to manage work, travel, and more.

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Mandy Morgan

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Brian Greenberg

Patient Expert

Brian Greenberg is an IBD patient living with Crohn’s disease and an ostomy. He is the founder of the Intense Intestines Foundation.

Lilly Stairs

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Mandy Morgan

Patient Expert