Limit Sugar and Fructose

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   Posted 12/14/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I am writing to recommend a course of action for ulcerative colitis sufferers.  I have experienced a very good stretch of time with extremely reduced symptoms after suffering with it for going on 7 years.  In the past I have tried many different things including Asacol, Rowasa, Prednisone and others.  I also have tried various diets in the past with varying levels of success.
What has worked for me extremely well for the past 2 months is a diet change.  I significantly reduced the amount of sugar intake and, in particular, avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup.  I also am avoiding milk.  Absolutely positively NO POP!!!  And, absolutely NO FRUIT JUICE or HONEY!!
It is somewhat difficult, but give it a week and see if things get any better.  I know it is tough.  This means no pop, no fruit juice, cookies, cake, ice cream, or just about anything sweet.  No milk, no coffee, no tea.   For my sweet craving, my wife has been making me plain fruit pies w/o sugar.
The up side of it is that I have been able to eat just about any regular meal.
Snack on pretzels, saltines, fruit.  Avoid potato chips and junkie snacks like cheez-its.  Some of these contain fructose.
Read labels, give it one week.  Stay on your medication while you do it.  Let me know if this works for anyone out there. 
My symptoms shut off like a faucet.  I hope yours do too.
Again, anyone who tries it, please respond and let me know if it worked.

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   Posted 12/14/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there, done that several years ago. It didn't help me, but glad to hear it's working for you.
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   Posted 12/14/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I do think sugar makes my flare symtoms worse, but not sure if it really effects when I go back in remission.  Interested to know if anyone else has similiar reactions.
Officially Diagnosed with UC in June 2003.  Have had stomach issues since 1989.  Unknown if they are related or not.  Have mild/moderate UC.  Have had 4 flares, the last one caused by hormones from stopping breastfeeding.  Currently back in remission!  Only taking 6 Asacol a day.   Will take Rowasa enemas as needed. Colozal did not work for me.  Luckily my UC is relatively minor and responds well to meds, but man do those flares hurt!

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   Posted 12/14/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I do better avoiding refined sugar completely since I've adopted a healthier way to eat...of course one should not expect to see results over night either, it takes time for the body to heal from eating junk.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 12/15/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have a big sweet tooth so sugar is not of importance to me. I still drink my coffee and enjoy a cocktail in the evenings. I think we have all tried so many different things to help improve our UC! I appreciate your input and glad it is working for you!

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   Posted 12/15/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well Its a long term commitment, hard as heck to do, and you will need to have a lot of faith over a long period of time.

But I always hear the same thing -sugar and fructose.
Off of 5-ASA (6 years) and no symptoms since probiotics started.

Probiotics 16 strains (vsl#3 + Natural Factors ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus) - 1.1 trillion per day. Pre-biotics 1x a day. No sugar.
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   Posted 12/15/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
The diet you're following is exactly what I have been following for some time now and it works really well for me. Something else that seems to help in addition to diet is exercise, at least for me anyway.

thanks for sharing,

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Mesaamaline (sp) Retention Enemas, herbal meds in the search to regain full health.

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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Why do you say eliminate tea? Whats wrong with Tea?

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   Posted 12/15/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I diet high in sugar is one of the risk factors for IBD, so it follows a diet low in sugar would be generally helpful.
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 12/15/2008 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
This is essentially a variation of a diet that is out there.
Pharmacy Student, Class of 2009.  Diagnosed 8/99.  Suffered for almost 10 years.  I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission.  I feel fantastic!    I have lost so many years to this disease.  I decided to become a pharmacist to understand these drugs, and to help fellow sufferers of IBD.  My goal is to open up a pharmacy and take care of my patients(particularly explaining what the drugs do to you), compound special medications, and have a great practice. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE SCD DIET? IT HAS PUT ME IN REMISSION AND I PLAN ON GETTING OFF THE ASACOL SOON TOO!  (In remission since 2/15/08)
Meds 3200 mg Asacol, 2.5 mg Prednisone.  Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications!  For me, diet works...

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   Posted 12/16/2008 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi limit_sugar,

I agree with you, especially in regards to high fructose corn syrup. It gives me severe diarrhea. I avoid it like the plague. Oh, and after I eat something that has been artificially sweetened, it sounds like there is a thunder storm going on inside my abdomen.
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