Athens: I think quiting smoking is always the better thing to do - yes hard to quit but look at it from the whole body perspective -all of your health is negatively affected. Most people know about lung affects, increased colds, pneumonias, chronic lung diseases, increased cancer risks etc.
The diagnosis of Crohn's disease indicates an interferance with normal nutrient uptake which causes marginalized nutritional status. Smoking causes huge interference with bone health and results in significant bone loss and poor bone recovery. As a woman ages its a double whammy- nutritional loss/malabsorption, menopausal changes/loss and coupled with smoking creates a perfect storm for horrible osteoporosis.
Don't be distressed by this, just use this as motivation for change and use the resources out there that will help you be sucessful. Some suggestions for smoking cessation -patches, gum, mind/body/relaxation techniques etc. Hope this helps-and plus-do it for your family if not for yourself. Take care,
Symptoms since Jan 2009, Dx UC vs crohns May 2010 but probably small bowel Crohn's dz, biopsies all "normal"
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin
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Post Edited (grumpygi) : 7/5/2010 4:33:08 PM (GMT-6)