What can you eat with crohn’s disease? That is the one question that people that have this condition ask. They want to know exactly what they can eat and drink without worrying about the debilitating and extreme side effects of this disease.
While on this webpage I will be giving you some very basic information on crones disease. Its symptoms, its effects and lastly some examples of what you can and cannot eat with crones disease.
Crohn’s disease can affect almost anyone at any age, and there is no known cure for it. The best defense against crohns disease is information. That information will be the difference between living in pain with crohns disease and living in harmony with crohns disease.
Crohn’s Disease Symptoms…
Many people who suspect that they may have crohn’s disease will in most cases, try to find answers either through their family doctor or the Internet. The Internet is not backed by any health insurance company that I know of, but millions of people go to it everyday to find out as much information as they can on the particular ailment that is bothering them.
With that being said, before they find out about the foods that they can eat with crohn’s disease, they need to get more information about it’s symptoms. Unlike most diseases, crohn’s disease has a wide variety of symptoms that not only affect the stomach area, they can affect different areas of the body. The symptoms are gastrointestinal, systemic and extraintestinal. I will list a few from each category.
1. Abdominal Pain – Many people who have crohn’s disease have had the symptoms for years before the disease was diagnosed. Having abdominal pain is nothing to be concerned about if it’s occasional. But if you are having it all the time, I would recommend that you go to a doctor to get checked out.
2. Diarrhea – Diarrhea can also accompany the initial symptom of abdominal pain. The diarrhea may or may not be bloody.
3. Flatulence – Having gas and bloating is one of the more unsatisfactory symptoms of crohn’s disease.
Now that we know some of the gastrointestinal symptoms of crohn’s disease. Let’s get into the other areas of the body that it can affect. Please keep reading…
Above we learned about the gastrointestinal symptoms of crohn’s disease. But unlike other diseases, crohn’s can affect other areas of the body. Let’s talk about some of the symptoms associated with those other areas. They are:
Systemic – Systemic symptoms are also known as B symptoms. These are usually the night sweats, fever and weight loss associated with different ailments. Some of crohn’s disease systemic symptoms are:
1. Growth Failure – Many children that are diagnosed with crones experience the inability to grow. Meaning that they are behind their peers when it comes to height and weight.
2. Weight Loss – The weight loss is because individuals with crones disease often have decreased appetites. This is because they feel better when they do not eat. Thus leading to the above growth failure in children.
3. Fever – As mentioned above, weight loss, night sweats and fever are a part of the B symptoms of many diseases. Crohn’s is no different.
Extraintestinal Symptoms – Not only can crohn’s affect the intestinal tract, it can also inflame other organs of the body resulting in some nasty effects.
1. Uveitis – This is an inflammation of the interior of the eye. It makes the eye very sensitive to light. Very nasty.
2. Rheumatologic Diseases – Crohn’s disease can lead to different rheumatologic diseases such as arthritis of the joints or seronegative spondyloarthropathy.
3. Pyoderma gangrenosum – Crohn’s disease can also involve the endocrine system, which regulates the human body with hormones. Pyoderma gangrenosum is a serious condition where the tissues of your skin die, causing painful ulcers to form. Usually on the legs of the person affected.
Now that we know about some of the symptoms of crohn’s disease. Let’s discuss the best diet to help you control the symptoms and lead a normal life. Just because you have crohn’s disease it doesn’t mean that your world has ended. There may not be a cure for it, but there are ways to control it. Please keep reading…
There are many different approaches to controlling crohn’s with a diet. First of all, you have to realize that it is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Get the word diet out of your head because if you have crohn’s disease and you eat the wrong thing not only will you be a prisoner in your own home. You will have several of the symptoms that we discussed from above. So it is imperative that you get this right!
Most of the foods that we eat are broken down in the small intestine. If you have crohn’s disease, this is not happening because your small intestine is inflamed.If your food is not being broken down like it should it can lead to any or all of the symptoms from above that we spoke of. To make sure that this does not happen, you should make sure that you eat a well balanced diet from the 4 food groups.
I’m talking about the meats, the dairy, fruits and veggies and the cereal and grains. All of these nutrients supply your body with a steady source of vitamins and minerals that you will need to keep going. Having crohn’s will make you lose your appetite, but as long as you stick with a diet that has something from the 4 food groups, you will not have to worry about the loss of appetite and fatigue that comes with it.