Ulcerative Colitis

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

Living With Ulcerative Colitis: Turning Points

Four people share how they navigate all aspects of life while living with ulcerative colitis.

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A Pro-Athlete’s Ostomy Story: From the NFL to the Hill

Rolf Benirschke was the first pro athlete to open up about having an ostomy. Here’s how he’s changed the lives of ulcerative colitis patients.

By Jackie Zimmerman

5 Tips to Get a Fresh Start With Ulcerative Colitis

Do you feel like you’re in a rut when it comes to managing your ulcerative colitis (UC)? Here are some ways to press reset.

By Shawntel Bethea

6 Tips for Staying Hydrated With IBD

For many living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, staying hydrated can be hard. Here are tips for avoiding dehydration in the hot summer months.

By Brian Greenberg

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.

Will My Chronic Illness Ruin My Wedding Day?

When Mandy got engaged to the love of her life, she was thrilled — but then the what-ifs of ulcerative colitis took over her thoughts.

By Mandy Morgan

Common Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis

Your UC could be getting in the way of your ability to get the nutrients you need. Here are some vitamins and minerals to consider.

By Mandy Morgan

Eliminating Restaurant Worry with IBD

Enjoy a night out with less anxiety about what’s on the menu.

By Brian Greenberg

Can This Spice Help Your UC?

New research shows curcumin, a spice in the ginger family, may improve chances of remission in UC patients. Here’s what to know.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Why You Should Try an Elimination Diet for UC

An elimination diet can help you determine if you have sensitivity to certain types of food, worsening your ulcerative colitis (UC) symptoms. This will let you to indulge in those foods with no issue without the guilt and suspicion you may now be feeling.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Eliminate Worry When Eating Out with UC

Everyone should be able to enjoy a night out on the town. Use these steps to reduce anxiety when eating at restaurants.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

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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.

Learn How to Adapt and Even Thrive With UC

It's a tough diagnosis to be sure. But you're not alone: multitudes of people living with UC go on to navigate work, travel, sports, and college. Consider us your tipsheet.

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...