colitis is an inflammatory, often chronic disease of the colon, or large
intestine. It affects the mucosa of the colon ie the innermost lining, and is
marked by inflammation and ulceration. Ulcerative colitis often begins in the
rectum and sigmoid colon and may extend upwards into the entire colon.
Ulcerative proctitis is the name given to the condition when it affects only the
rectum, or proctosigmoiditis when it affects the rectum and the sigmoid colon.
If it affects only the left side of the colon it is called limited or distal
colitis. When it affects the entire colon, it is called pancolitis or
pan-ulcerative colitis. The symptoms for the three types differ. Symptoms of
ulcerative proctitis or proctosigmoid include bloody diarrhea, cramps, and
tenesmus (difficulty passing stool, pain). Symptoms of limited or distal colitis
include loss of appetite, weight loss, diarrhea, severe pain on the left side of
the abdomen and bleeding. Pan-ulcerative colitis presents with diarrhea, severe
abdominal pain, cramps, and extensive weight loss.
It is rare
for it to affect the small intestine.
colitis differs from another inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease
that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Both conditions are
marked by an abnormal response by the body's immune system. The immune system is
composed of various cells and proteins, which protect the body from infection,
but in people with IBD, the immune system reacts inappropriately. It wrongly
recognizes food, bacteria and other materials in the intestine as foreign or
invading substances, and launches an attack resulting in chronic inflammation,
ultimately leading to ulcerations and bowel injury. IBD and IBS are not the
(Irritable Bowel Syndrome), which is sometimes called 'spastic colon', or
'nervous colitis', is a disorder that affects the muscle contractions of the
colon, and is not characterized by inflammation.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are considered autoimmune illnesses and
studies indicate they may be caused by a defect in the body's mucosal-lining
defensive barrier which consists of glycoproteins called glycosaminoglycans or
GAG for short. Wherever the barrier is defective toxins and pathogens can
penetrate, causing inflammation, infection and ulceration. The defect and
subsequent invasion allow fluid and protein to leak out, disrupting the vascular
structure and connective tissue. Chronic inflammation causes scarring and the
body's shift into a high-gear immune response - and autoimmune disease.
trying to halt the inflammatory response, with steroids and other immune
suppressants it may be more effective to rebuild the GAG layer. Saccharide (glyconutrient)
deficiencies have been found in patients with ulcerative colitis - they are
deficient in many of the eight essential glyconutrients. For people with
ulcerative colitis, glyconutrients, in Immunocal and
Repair A Cell, may support the body to repair and
rebuild the GAG layer and so prevent the inflammation and ulceration.
not just those that have ulcerative colitis, need glyconutrients, in
Immunocal and Repair A
Cell, to support the body's ability to heal, repair, regenerate, regulate
and protect itself
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