Five keys to a proper diet if you have ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease that has no cure. It is essential to follow a proper diet1 in order to help improve patient’s quality of life. The damage to the intestine from inflammation and the ulcers related to the pathology can affect the levels of some minerals. This implies a much higher risk of experiencing […]

What does having positive calprotectin mean?

Fecal calprotectin 1 (FC) is a protein found in leucocytes, and it appears in the intestinal mucosa when there is inflammation. It can be detected in the stool. If a patient’s test results show positive calprotectin, it means that there is intestinal inflammatory activity. This biomarker allows assessing that activity in an easy, fast and […]

Part 2: What does having positive calprotectin mean?

Calprotectin is an abundant protein in the organism that comes from leucocytes (white blood cells). That is, it is a substance produced in the immune system cells which helps the body fight off infections and diseases. When there is inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, neutrophils move to the inflamed area and that is when […]

Part 2: Ulcerative proctitis: What is it and how is it treated?

The ulcerative proctitis is a type of ulcerative colitis. In particular, it is a chronic inflammatory disease that consists of the inflammation of the mucosa in a certain sections of the large intestine: the rectum. It is a portion of the digestive tube situated before the anus where the feces are contained prior to leaving […]

Ulcerative proctitis: What is it and how is it treated?

Ulcerative proctitis1 is the inflammation of the lining in the inner wall of the rectum. Given that feces pass through the rectum to come out the organism, the evacuation act becomes painful for the patient. Besides, this kind of ulcerative colitis causes diarrhea, bleeding, secretion and the feeling of having the urgent need to go […]

Part 2: What is ulcerative colitis?

Ulcerative colitis1 is an intestinal inflammatory disease that affects the colonic mucosa (large intestine). This mucosa works as a barrier against harmful substances. It also helps secreting and transporting nutrients, water and minerals; and lubricating the inner part of the intestine in order to facilitate defecation. Its inflammation is produced because the immune system generates […]