Gasteroenteroligists use treatments that are approved for UC based on established medical evidence for treatments, and that predominately involves medications. There are liabilities and other issues when they prescribe things that are not approved for the treatment of UC and many are therefore reluctant.
At this time, diets have not undergone rigorous clinical study, large double-blind placebo controlled trials, and met all of the rigors of supporting their effectiveness for UC patients. So diets are not part of your typical gasteroenteroligist's treatment plan he/she will prescribe to you as a maintenance treatment for your UC. That doesn't mean diets do not work, rather it means we do not know if it works according to the same rigors by which medications are approved for the treatment of UC.
There are a few scattered, small-scale diet and UC studies where people were aware of what they were eating (
open-label as you'd call it in most clinical studies), just not as thorough of an investigation to get it approved.
Here on healingwell, some have reported having great results from diet modification (IBD-AID, SCD, Paleo, low residue, gluten-free, vegeterian/vegan, etc.). Some are ardent supporters of diet modification and say that's all that have worked for themselves, personally. Others, like myself, have tried diet modification and seen no result at all,some even have their UC symptoms get temporarily worse as a result. And that's UC in a nutshell, it could help but then again, it could do nothing at all for you, or it could make symptoms temporarily worse. All you can do is try and see, as it is your results that matter most; not mine or anyone elses. It's good to have options and things to try from a variety of areas. Qualifies as interesting, or something an individual could try, but not a wide-scale recommendation by every gasteroenterolgist across the globe (as it needs more study, research, money, proof, etc.).
Could food be impacting your UC symptoms, it's possible. You could have a food-intolerance (to gluten, to diary, to high-fiber, to specific foods that vary person-to-person). There could be a simple
input-output thing, meaning the more you eat the worse your UC symptoms are.
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