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What to eat and avoid on a low-fiber diet

What to eat and avoid on a low-fiber diet

Fiber is a substance in plant-based foods that remains undigested as it passes through the small intestine. A low-fiber diet contains foods that are easily digested and absorbed. Following a low-fiber diet (also called a low residue diet) reduces the amount of undigested food moving through the small intestine, which reduces stool size and frequency. […]

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Inflammatory bowel disease may raise heart attack risk

Inflammatory bowel disease may raise heart attack risk

Inflammatory bowel disease raises the risk of heart attack. Also, the risk is independent of traditional risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol. The GI tract becomes inflamed in IBD. This was the conclusion of a study that explored the possible link between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and heart disease […]

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What are the causes of loose stools?

What are the causes of loose stools?

Loose stools are abnormally watery bowel movements that can have a range of different causes. They are very common and are not usually associated with any severe health risks. Loose stools often occur after eating, but can also happen at other points in the day. When loose stools occur consecutively on multiple occasions throughout a […]

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What is panniculitis? Causes and treatment

What is panniculitis? Causes and treatment

Panniculitis causes large, tender bumps to form under the skin. They usually occur on the lower legs but can affect other parts of the body. In this article, learn about the causes and types of panniculitis, as well as how it is treated. What is panniculitis? Erythema nodosum is a form of panniculitis that causes […]

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10 rashes caused by ulcerative colitis

10 rashes caused by ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the large intestine and the rectum. It can also cause skin problems. This article explores how skin conditions are related to ulcerative colitis (UC), which is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It also considers how to reduce skin problems during a flare-up and […]

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What is renal colic? Symptoms and relief

What is renal colic? Symptoms and relief

Renal colic is pain caused by a urinary tract stone (urolithiasis). The pain can be anywhere in the urinary tract, which includes the area from the kidneys to the ureters, urinary bladder, and urethra. Stones can occur anywhere in these areas and can vary significantly in size. Most stones occur due to a buildup of […]

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Colitis and Crohn’s: Is 21st century living to blame?

Colitis and Crohn’s: Is 21st century living to blame?

Inflammatory bowel disease is on the rise, especially in countries that adopt a Western lifestyle. Find out what the latest research reveals about how our modern lifestyle affects our chances of developing inflammatory bowel disease. Genetics alone cannot explain who develops IBD. It’s time to look at our environment and lifestyle, researchers say. Inflammatory bowel […]

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What you need to know about pancolitis

What you need to know about pancolitis

Pancolitis is a form of ulcerative colitis that affects the entire large intestine or bowel. It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. Its full name is pan-ulcerative colitis and is also sometimes known as total colitis or universal colitis. Pancolitis is a chronic condition, meaning it develops over a long period and there is […]

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What you can and can’t eat on the bland diet

What you can and can’t eat on the bland diet

The bland diet includes foods that have a soft consistency, are low in fiber, and gentle on the digestive system. The bland diet is also commonly known as a soft diet, low residue diet, or gastrointestinal soft diet. A doctor may recommend the bland diet to people experiencing gastrointestinal inflammation from infections, diverticulitis, or flare-ups […]

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What is chronic diarrhea and how is it treated?

What is chronic diarrhea and how is it treated?

Diarrhea is characterized by loose or watery stools. Most people experience this widespread illness at some point in their lives, with short-term cases of diarrhea being the second most commonly reported illness in the United States. Diarrhea that lasts longer than 4 weeks is classified as chronic diarrhea, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. […]