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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How I Manage IBD With an Olympic Mindset

Crohn’s and UC can break down your body, and it can take years to build your health back up. Here’s how one man did it through fitness.

By Brian Greenberg

A Letter to My Colorectal Surgeon

Jackie, who has ulcerative colitis, pens an open letter to the surgeons that saved her life — with a few suggestions for improving communication.

By Jackie Zimmerman

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

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

Just Diagnosed With UC? This Letter’s For You

An ulcerative colitis veteran shares her advice and hope with those newly diagnosed with this form of IBD.

By Jackie Zimmerman

Top 5 IBD Organizations You Should Know

No matter where you are in your journey with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, these organizations can help you get involved and feel supported.

By Mandy Morgan

3 Generations of UC: A Mom Shares Her Tips

Amy is in the middle of three generations of women with ulcerative colitis. Here she tells HealthCentral about the experiences that have helped her daughter.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

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

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

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...