Need Weight Gain - Please Advice

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   Posted 8/13/2008 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

I have UC-left sided for last 2years.
I'm taking good food and my apatite is very good.
Still I'm not able to gain weight.. Right mow my weight is 125Lbs and my height is 5'9''..
Could you please suggest me what is the best food for the UCers which won't create any problems and helps in gaining weight.
I feel very bad to be skinny at the age of 30.

Please Please suggest and give your comments

Thanks All in advance..

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   Posted 8/13/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
we had problems getting weight on our son. He did drink Ensure Plus for a while and that helped him gain a bit. Good luck!

Breast Cancer at 37; bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Colon resection 2004; Sub-Total colectomy September 2007 for colonic inertia - didn't work.
Son with UC; taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups. Recently diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis - now on Humira. Canasa now added due to UP.
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   Posted 8/14/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Any advises to gain wait?
Want to know the food that doesn't effect UC and best for gaining weight?
Any problems if we drink protein shakes?

Please advise

Thanks in advance

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   Posted 8/14/2008 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i also have UC since 2007. I am 5'8" in height and im only 120 lbs... and im 29 yrs old... Right now im starting to drink Ensure.. Hope this will help me gain weight, but right now it helps me feel more energetic compared before...that im usually tired... you should try it...
Diagnosed with UC on 2007. Undergone Fistulotomy on 2005. Taking Generic Asacol 400mg 3X a day... "HEALTH IS WEALTH"

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   Posted 8/15/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   


After my ostomy surgery (for UC), I had very watery stool, and kept getting dehydrated, so the ostomy community said to eat "thickening foods".  They were applesauce, mashed potatoes, pasta, bananas, and,oatmeal, and after months of those foods, I blimped right up, way too much, so I now just take immodium when needed, and eat a normal diet.  So basically complex carbs seemed to plump me up.


Les and DB from KC(Les is a member of UC and Ostomy forum also)
DB diagnosed 11-01-07
psa high for several years from 4 to 10, but last one before surgery was 8.6
Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 12-14-07

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   Posted 8/18/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,

Did anybody of you guys see any problems with Ensure Plus.
I bought a packet of 6 today and going to start to gain weight

How long do we need to drink to see some improvement?

Please advice..

Thanks All

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   Posted 8/18/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I would stay away from sugary products, but if your body can tolerate it go for it. Also if your body can tolerate fats go for it as well. Choose steaks or cuts of meat with more fat and eat the skins of chicken too. Definately try the better fats from nuts and avacados.

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   Posted 8/18/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe try natural peanut butter, adding olive oil and/or flax oil to pastas, salads, etc. Put butter (real butter, not margarine) on lots of foods. Drink whole milk (if you don't have issues with dairy). Good luck.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa weekly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 8/18/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink 2 cans of Ensure Plus (on top of 3 regular meals) everyday to 'maintain' my weight. If I want to gain some weight I guess I have to take at least 1 more can. tongue
UC since July 2006. Medications: Salofalk enema nightly.
Remission from Nov 2006 to Oct 2007. Then a bad cold and a bad flare till the present.
Pancolitis diagnosed in April 2008. Current medications: Salofalk enema/suppository, Salofalk tablets 500mg x 3/day, Azathioprine 50 mg. Warfarin for my Deep Vein Thrombosis which resulted from diarrheas and dehydration in Feb 2008.
Supplements: Probiotics, Calcium with Vitamin D, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C and psyllium capsule (Metamucil)

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   Posted 8/19/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a friend without lactose issues that added carnation instant breakfasts to milk and drank 2 of them between her regular 3 meals a day as snacks. it was slow but she managed to put on about 5 pounds in a little over a month.

That's the only thing I've heard tried, I've never had the problem personally I'm on the other end at 5'5" and down to 210. . . .I was at 298 so I've been going the oposite direction from you. Hey too bad I can't give you mine so I can lose more and you can gain more *grin*
~ Mom of Nathaniel aka "Peanut" 19m (7/08)~ Married ~ 36
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- UC dx 8/2000 - Starting Remicade 8/21 if insurance approves - Align 1x day Prenatal Vitamin (Currently not flaring but not what I would call in remission either.)
- CKD Stage 3 (Chronic Kidney Disease) - Lisinopril 7.5mg - Still have 27% function!
- Anemic - Ferrlicet IV monthly
- Allergies - Zyrtec 10mg 

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