Opinion on obesity and UC??

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   Posted 9/1/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I am obese - about 70 lbs. or more overweight.  I have been overweight all my life.  Does anyone here feel obesity or weight has anything to do with UC, remission, symptoms, etc?
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
Colazal 1X3- discontinued for now
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Starting Rowasa nightly - discontinued for now

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   Posted 9/1/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
We UC'ers come in all shapes and sizes, and it appears UC impacts us all differently and we all seem to reach remission in different ways. Being at a healthy weight improves general health overall, but I'm not sure it has that much to do with UC. But that's my humble opinion. :)
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 9/2/2008 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Elaine -

I've never heard of any concrete correlation between weight and UC. One thing that amazes me is that I don't eat very much, have many BMs a day, so food isn't being absorbed too well, and yet I continue to remain 20lbs overweight. I would imagine that I'd be skinny as a pole by now.
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06, had symptoms for years prior to dx - currently flaring
Suffered from depression since I was 19
Taking Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, and fexofenadine for allergies

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   Posted 9/2/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I told my NP that I wish I had the "symptoms" printed about UC that says "losing weight" or loss of appetite - that would at least be a "perk" of having this dumb condition!  ElaineNY

68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
Colazal 1X3- discontinued for now
Probiotic Align
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Starting Rowasa nightly - discontinued for now

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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I also wonder how I can poo so much and still hold extra pounds. Maybe it's muscle...
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Consider yourself lucky if you have frequent movements and no weight loss! Nutrients are absorbed in the terminal ileum. You can have a speedy transit time but if your relatively healthy your ileum will absorb those calories. If this didn't occur those of us with ostomies or jpouches would all be reed-thin. If your UC gets to the point that you start losing weight it's usually a bad sign and indicates a severe flare.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes I feel like the living dead, nothing but skin and bones! skull
but my metabolism has always been pretty fast and to make things worse, I sometimes exercise.


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.

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   Posted 9/2/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Other then losing weight while in a flare and it making me feel horrible (general fatigue, tiredness etc), no I don't think that my weight flunctuations contribute in any way or form to my UC. I've always been on the thin side for as long as I can remember.
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   Posted 9/3/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I carry extra pounds as well. I was naturally in remission years ago because I focused on having a strict (super strict) diet. Other than hardly eating anything, it was great and I was at my optimal weight. Now the pudge is back and so are the flares. I don't think they have a direct correlation, but I certainly think being in top shape helps our bodies be strong enough to fight off UC flares.... if that makes sense.

33 yr old, female.
Diagnosed with UC in 1996, symptoms since 1990
Currently in a UC flare since July 2008 *grrrr*
On Imuran 2mg/day, Primal Defence 2 tables/day, now added cortifoam for flare

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   Posted 9/3/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, my son has pan colitis, 6'5" and thin 185pd. 40 yrs old
My husband has a milder colitis 6'2" 300pds 67 yrs old.
Son eats bland foods...very little.
Hubby eats whatever the heck he wants and lots of it. :-)
So you see, even in families,, it can run a different course.
Son's is on lots of meds, and still gets flares,
Hubby is only on maintenance, 4 asacol a day, and 1 6-MP,
been in remission since he retired 8 years ago. Maybe only 2 bm's in morning. No pain, no blood.
Son, 6 to 8 a day, mucousy, cramping not to mention is
getting very depressed. Lives with us now. He's single and
feels he has no life, and won't go anywhere or do anything.
Has a new doctor with a colonoscopy this Friday. He'd like to try Remicade but has not insurance, but talked to PAP and they said he may qualify for help. We shall see.
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