is losing weight bad for uc'ers

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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Is trying to lose weight really all that bad for Uc'ers?  As bad as I hate to say it I am probly about 50lbs over weight.  When I brought up the subject of trying to lose weight to my Dr.,she suggested that it was not a good idea, and that being over weight was actually a good thing for me since i had Uc.  She said that way I would have the weight to lose if I did have a bad flare. "uhh yea but do I have to be unhappy with the way I look forever because of Uc"? 
Dxd with UC in 2001, was put on Cipro,Metronidizal and Asacol.
had 2nd flare 2006 put on Rowasa enemas, Asacol.
Current meds Asacol 2, 3x a maintenance therapy.

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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I personally disagree with your doctor... I think if we try and stay in good health weightwise, it would be more of a benefit to our bodies if we should ever have to fight against ANY disease, even U/C.

That's my perosnal opinion, but I bet more people feel the same way..
Diagnosed with U/C January 31st, 2004, IBS on July 21st, 2006, Dr says possible Crohn's...We'll see....
Meds: Rowasa enema's - Back to every night... probably forever!!!
         Canasa 1000mg. AM Only when needed, - Bentyl 10mg. As needed, -         Nexium - 40mg, 1x per day, - Xanax .5mg as needed,  Effexor 37.5mg. 
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   Posted 11/14/2007 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Many docs like to see IBDers a little overweight only because they know with a bad enough flare we can lose weight so quickly which is dangerous and can sometimes be hard to put back on, especially with a lengthy flare...I'm sure no doc wants to see a patient grossly overweight as that's not good/healthy either but they figure a little extra is better than being underweight.

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

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   Posted 11/15/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
IMO a healthy weight is much better than being overweight as the extra weight can lead to other health issues.  I think we all agree UC is enough to deal with, don't need anything else.
Dx:  2006
Meds:  None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
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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   Posted 11/15/2007 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree you should be whatever weight you want to be. I think my original flare was set off by eating a low card diet with a lot of those sugar alcohols like maltinol and so forth. I wouldn't try doing anything other than a healthy natural diet (which should cause no problems really).
That said, I was 100lbs overweight (didn't really realize it was THAT much) when I got this and I couldn't lose weight. So that's one good side effect of all this I guess. Over the last 2.5 years I've lost all that 100lbs and I guess it was kinda a good thing it was there. I lost 40lbs with my last flare and was just underweight. After seeing myself so skinny, I kinda wanted those 40lbs back! But even then, I think your body will only lose SO much, you know?
dx 4/05 with pancolitis UC after birth of my second child...
18 months of vit e enema and scd remission
Flare since 7/07...almost to surgery, now almost well through mostly natural stuff
Trying to make up the difference with...
Lialda 4/day
Remicade 10/26, 11/09, next 12/3
Imuran 50mg at night 11/11
Been there, tried that....

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