Minimising flare ups

It may be possible to reduce your risk of suffering from Crohn's disease flare-upsTerm to describe episodes when the symptoms of a condition worsen. by making a few changes to your lifestyle.

  • Smoking makes Crohn's disease worse. People who smoke suffer more flare-upsTerm to describe episodes when the symptoms of a condition worsen. and have a greater chance of developing fistulae and strictures. If you stop smoking, you will remove one of the most important causes of complications
  • Exercise may be helpful as it will increase your level of fitness and could also improve your mood. It may also help to protect against the effects of the bone mineral loss that is common in Crohn's disease
  • Stress has been linked with flare-upsTerm to describe episodes when the symptoms of a condition worsen., although there is some debate about this among doctors. Reducing stressRelating to injury or concern. levels may help to improve your general health.

A healthy diet is important, particularly as there may be problems with absorbing sufficient fluids and nutrients such as vitamins and minerals through a diseased gastrointestinal tractThe gut, which begins at the mouth and ends at the anus. wall.

The aim is to enjoy a well-balanced, high-complex carbohydrate and high-protein diet. It is worth investigating if lactose or gluten cause you irritation, as a milk- and wheat-free diet may help.

No two people with Crohn's disease have the same dietary restrictions. I have a very long list of foods I can't eat such as raw vegetables, and the only fruit I can eat is watermelon. More foods are possible when I am in remission. Aimee