Staying healthy after diagnosis

After a diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease, there are some things you can do to keep your body as healthy as possible whether it’s healthy eating or exercise.

Everyday tips

Tips for people recently diagnosed with IBD from Crohn’s & Colitis Australia., a government-funded health information website provides some simple tips on staying healthy with IBD.

See the everyday living tips for people recently diagnosed with IBD from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Please note, some medications may not be available in Australia and there are differences in eligibility for medications between Australia and the USA.


For some diet-related tips, visit Crohn’s & Colitis Australia. They also have other resources for access if you join their association.


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


Are you a smoker? Are you aware of the impact it has on IBD? Find out more at Crohn’s & Colitis Australia.

Get help quitting smoking at

Over the counter medicines

It’s important to keep in mind that in Australia, over the counter medicines you can buy in pharmacies or health food stores do not always have to undergo the same level of scrutiny as prescription medicines do. Not all medicines have to provide proof of their efficacy. The regulatory body, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, provides some further information about the differences between registered medicines (have an AUST-R number on the packaging) and listed medicines (have an AUST-L number on the packaging).