Ischemic colitis is a condition characterized by a reduced blood flow to the colon. One of the main contributors to ischemic colitis is atherosclerosis, which is the narrowing of the arteries due to plaque buildup on the inner walls. Limited blood flow to the colon means decreased supply of oxygen to the cells in the digestive system.
Sometimes mistaken for other digestive issues, ischemic colitis can heal on its own or turn into an infection, which can be prevented with medication. Surgery may be required if the colon gets damaged.
Natural remedies and diet can be effectively used to aid in ischemic colitis treatment.
Below are some dietary recommendations to follow when dealing with ischemic colitis.
The type of treatment required depends on the severity of the ischemic colitis condition. Symptoms can subside within days, but your doctor may still prescribe medications as a preventative measure against an infection.
Treatment options for ischemic colitis include:
If the ischemic colitis is severe, surgery may be required in order to:
Surgery is more likely in patients with heart disease or low blood pressure.
Preventing ischemic colitis is difficult as there are many factors that can contribute to its onset. Some prevention tips include: