Ulcerative Colitis

Learn about ulcerative colitis (UC) causes, symptoms, and treatments, and read stories and tips from patients who've been there.

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.

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5 Tips to Help You Thrive Despite Ulcerative Colitis

Are you barely keeping your head above water with IBD? Shawntel shares her top tips to help you live your life to the fullest with your condition.

By Shawntel Bethea

Fall Food Guide for Ulcerative Colitis

The changing season means pumpkin-spiced everything, apples galore, and more — but when you have IBD, are some of these fall favorites better for your gut than others?

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

How to Set Boundaries When You Have Ulcerative Colitis

“Living with UC means we need to be willing to do whatever it takes to put our health first, and in most cases, that means creating a healthy set of boundaries.“

By Jackie Zimmerman

How to Survive Colonoscopy Prep Day in 10 Steps

Let’s face it: Preparing to have a colonoscopy is no fun. But these tips can make it a little more bearable.

By Mandy Morgan

10 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Terms to Know

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is used to describe a group of conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract. Here are the main terms you should know.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

Ulcerative Colitis and Anxiety: How to Manage It

Living with IBD can lead to a life full of anxiety. Here are some tips for how to handle it, especially when you're worried about flares.

By Erica Sanderson

When Food Attacks: How I Roll With the Gut Punches of Ulcerative Colitis

Living with UC, Mandy’s learned the importance of laughing and learning from the low points. Here, she shares the story of a vacation gone awry due to her symptoms.

By Mandy Morgan

10 Things to Ask Your Doctor About IBD

If you have IBD, either recently diagnosed or a veteran of the disease, you will have questions for your doctor.

By Sara Suchy

IBD vs. IBS: What's the Difference?

While they may be only one letter apart, IBD and IBS are separate conditions. Learn the similarities and differences here.

By Mandy Morgan

10 Myths About Living With Ulcerative Colitis

With so much information out there about UC, online and off, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

By Mandy Morgan

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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.

Meet the Experts

Mandy Morgan

Patient Expert

Mandy is a patient expert living with ulcerative colitis. She’s a full-time technical writer and writing instructor and serves on the board of directors for Girls With Guts.

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.

Mandy Morgan

Patient Expert

Mandy is a patient expert living with ulcerative colitis. She’s a full-time technical writer and writing instructor and serves on the board of directors for Girls With Guts.

Health News

Large Study Links IBD and Heart Attack

A three-year study involving more than 22 million people suggests there’s a strong connection between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and heart disease and heart attack risk. The most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. T...

'Good' Gut Bacteria May Protect Against Heart Disease

Researchers at the University of Nottingham and King’s College London, both in the United Kingdom, have discovered a link between “good” bacteria in the digestive tract – the gut microbiome – and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

A New Wrinkle in Human Anatomy

Researchers at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City have identified a previously unknown feature of the human body called the interstitium. According to this research, layers of the body below the skin’s surface; lining the digestive tract, lu...