Crohn’s and Colitis facts

Crohn's and Colitis

In this week’s final article on Crohn’s and Colitis, as part of our Endoscopy series, we also provide information on further reading.

There’s no single diet that helps Crohn’s or Colitis. Keeping a food diary can help you find what works for you. Spicy and high fibre foods (like vegetables, nuts and wholegrains) make a lot of people feel worse when they’re in a flare-up - but everyone is different.

The right diet also depends on how your Crohn’s or Colitis affects you. For example, if you are low on iron, or have a stricture (narrowing) in the gut that makes it harder to digest food. Sometimes a liquid only diet will be prescribed so you are getting all the nutrients you need in a form which allows your digestive system to settle. This is more commonly used for children.

Crohn's and Colitis facts

  • In the UK, about 1 in 210 people (around 300,000) have Crohn’s or Colitis
  • Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis can start at any age, but they usually start before you’re 30
  • Microscopic Colitis is more common in women and usually starts after 50
  • Everyone is different: some people with Crohn’s or Colitis feel well most of the time, other people take longer to find a treatment that’s right for them
  • Not everyone feels the same, and how you feel can change over time

Crohn’s and Colitis can cause:

  • Cramping pains
  • Frequent and urgent diarrhoea, sometimes with blood and mucus
  • Swollen joints
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of iron (anaemia)
  • Losing weight and not wanting to eat
  • Inflamed eyes

Crohn’s and Colitis UK offer more than 50 publications on many aspects of Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.


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Published on 04 September 2020