article: Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery

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   Posted 8/20/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Although the study was done for colon surgery, I'm curious to see what the impacts of chewing gum might be on IBD. Any thoughts?

Personally, I'm a juicy fruit addict. Sugarless gum gives me horrible gas :(
Age: 48
location: Seattle, Wa
currently in small flare, tail end of colon
Diagnosed with UC in June 2006
Medications: Asacol 3 pills 3 x/day, Cortifoam at bedtime, Canansa in the morning
No. of colonoscopies: 1
Originally diagnosed with moderate UC, pancolitis

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   Posted 8/21/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, most gums are sugarless, so if you're a juicy fruit addict, it's packed full of them.

For me, gum is soothing....but since they've adulterated my fave (Doublemint) with aspartame and other sweeteners..I have had to resort to a xylitol sweetened gum called Spry. It's OK, and I can get gas if I've chewed too many in a day...but it's the best alternative for me since I have to chew gum when I'm out and about.

Gum chewing can also cause gulping of air...that in itself can cause gas for some.

I can see how gum chewing can work after colon surgery...I'd not suggest artificial sweeteners, however...that's all that's available.

The study should have been done when there was actual sugar in gum...

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'll definitely be stocking up on sugarless gum!
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (3rd infusion 07/08), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day
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   Posted 8/21/2008 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't chew any gum with aspartame or sugar alcohols in it because of the health risks. Juicy Fruit evidently is sweetened mostly with sugar (the first ingredient listed is always the highest proportion), but also contains aspartame and sucralose:

Sugar, gum base, corn syrup, dextrose, natural and artificial flavors, glycerol, softeners, aspartame, sucralose, BHT (to maintain freshness)
Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine

When you read the list of ingredients, it actually sounds pretty scary. It's not worth it to me. Here's a link to an article on artificial sweeteners:

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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   Posted 8/21/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been addicted to gum chewing since I quit smoking 20 years ago and I don't think it has affected my UC.

Dx:  UC Proctitis 2006 
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence. 
Started Meds:  Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped. 
Diet:  Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet.  Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes). 
 Added: tumeric and probiotics.

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