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What to know about smoking and ulcerative colitis

 8 months ago       182 Views

Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation in the lining of the colon and covers it in small sores. This can result in diarrhea, abdominal pain, and extreme tiredness. Smoking is never a healthful choice, but compared with people who have never smoked, people who do currently smoke may be less likely to develop ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an autoimmune condition. This means that a fault in the immune system is the cause. It is one of the main types of inflammatory bowel disease, along with Crohn's disease.

Crohn's disease and UC are similar, but they cause inflammation in different parts of the gut.

Doctors usually refer to UC as a relapsing-remitting condition. This means that the symptoms may come and go over time.

There is some evidence to suggest that nicotine can keep UC in the remitting stage. However, it is important to note that the health risks of smoking greatly outweigh the benefits.


Author: @DailyCupofYoga

Source: medicalnewstoday.com

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