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  • Bowels

    Also known as intestines or gut. Bowels are part of the digestive system, and responsible for the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food that we eat. There is currently no content classified with this term.

  • Intestine

    Also known as bowels or gut. Intestines are part of the digestive system, and responsible for the majority of digestion and absorption of nutrients from the food that we eat. There is currently no content classified with this term.

  • Constipation

    Condition where you are unable to pass stools (or it’s very uncomfortable or painful) as often you normally would. It can also describe when you are not able to empty your bowels completely. There is currently no content classified with…

  • Glossary

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  • Faecal calprotectin in inflammatory bowel disease

    What is faecal (fecal) calprotectin? Calprotectin (or calpro) is a protein – a nutrient essential to life. When the intestines become inflamed it’s released in high levels that can be detected, outside the body, in faeces (stools). Researchers have discovered…

  • Living healthily

    Diet Maintaining a healthy lifestyle – eating well, getting enough exercise, and keeping bad habits to a minimum – has benefits for everyone. When you have IBD leading a healthy lifestyle can also help manage your symptoms and keep…

  • Intimacy

    It is natural to worry about the impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on your personal and sexual relationships. Intimacy is a valid and important concern for a lot of people who are living with IBD. You may feel the…

  • Complications

    Complications of IBD can occur especially when the disease is active and can result in problems inside (local) as well as outside of the digestive system (systemic). Inside the bowel (local) Perforation (hole in the intestine) In severe inflammation, the…

  • General symptoms of IBD

    The characteristic symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are: Diarrhoea (frequent bowel movements that are runny or grainy) Abdominal pain Blood in the stools Pus and mucus in the stools Painful bowel movements Loss of weight Fever and an effect…

  • About the digestive system

    Normally, the food we eat passes from the mouth, down through the oesophagus and into the stomach, where it is churned up and digested by the stomach acids and enzymes. Figure 1: The digestive system The digested food is then…

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