Ulcerative Colitis is a disorder of the colon that is characterized by the inflammation of the inner lining of the large intestine. It is a chronic condition that can last for decades. Approximately 20 million people world wide are affected by this disease. It usually strikes at adolescence and early adulthood; however it can also begin during childhood and later in life.
Ulcerative Colitis is considered as an autoimmune disease. The abnormal activation of the immune system causes inflammation within the tissues of the colon. Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include inflammation of the rectum, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, rectal pain, tenesmus, abdominal cramps, weight loss, night sweats, low-grade fever, fatigue, and colon perforation. If left untreated, ulcerative colitis may lead to rheumatoid arthritis, low-back pain and colon cancer. The diagnosis of ulcerative colitis relies on a combination of family history, stool specimens, blood tests, liver function test, C-reactive protein test and colonoscopy.
Treatments for ulcerative colitis include medications and surgery. Medications help reduce inflammation, maintain periods of remission (resolution of inflammation), improve the quality of life and minimize the risk of colon cancer.
The sufferers of ulcerative colitis should also use a dietary supplement that helps support bowel health. Optibac Bowl Calm S. boulardii Probiotics is a popular brand on the market that contains pure Saccharomyces boulardii, a natural probiotic yeast that helps relieve the symptoms of diarrhoea, reduces discomfort and urgency, and restores regular bowel movements. This unique probiotic strain also supports the digestive health of people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Candida overgrowth, or inflammatory bowel disease.