Staying healthy

What should I be doing to keep myself as well as possible? Crohn’s & Colitis UK have put together a good introduction to IBD and what to do next in terms of staying well. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in treatments between Australia and the UK.

Diet

Being responsible for your health starts with feeding your body with the best nutrition. Where to start? Are there any foods to be avoided? See the links below for some answers to some of the most common questions.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia talks about diet and IBD myths.

Find an accredited practising dietitian at the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Crohn’s & Colitis UK have a comprehensive booklet all about healthy eating with IBD. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in treatments between Australia and the UK.

Dietary questions answered by a dietitian at Crohn’s & Colitis Canada. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in treatments between Australia and Canada.

Being prepared

Work & study

Many people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis have to manage juggling symptoms with study or work. How do they do it? What are some tips to get through the tough times?

Travel

Planning a holiday or even just a daytrip somewhere new? To make sure you are well prepared, these sites provide helpful travel tips specifically for people with Crohn’s disease.

Travelling during the day? You’ll find this site – Toilet Map useful with information on over 16,000 publically-available toilets across Australia.

Get your ‘Can’t Wait’ toilet access card at Crohn’s & Colitis Australia. It’s a national awareness campaign lo allow lhe bearer of the card to go to the toilet urgently at participating venues around Australia.

Overseas travel considerations from Crohn’s & Colitis Australia.

Intimacy & relationships

Please note, this section is recommended for people over the age of 16 years. Many people’s lifestyle changes when diagnosed with IBD. However IBD can be managed and so can its effect on intimacy and relationships.

Crohn’s & Colitis Canada explain the impact IBD can have on intimacy and relationships. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in treatments between Australia and Canada.

Pregnancy and fertility

Do you have a question about fertility and Crohn’s disease? Below are some resources to learn more.

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia outlines the basics on fertility and IBD.

Crohn’s & Colitis Canada has information on fertility and pregnancy with IBD. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in treatments between Australia and Canada.

Emotional well-being

Anxiety and depression are very common in people with IBD. There is help available and it can be anonymous if that is a concern. IBD Clinic has developed an online assessment and treatment programs for people with IBD and anxiety or depression. Check it out.

Exercise

How much exercise should you be doing? Visit the Australian Government Department of Health’s website for guidelines on exercise.