Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ischemic Colitis Diet

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent atherosclerosis, which can cause ischemic bowel disease. Important dietary measures include:

  • Avoid fad diets:
    • Eat a well-rounded diet instead.
  • Eat enough dietary fiber:
    • Whole grains are best.
  • Eat quality fats:
    • Use virgin olive oil and other unsaturated, low-cholesterol fats.
  • Eat the right amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein:
    • Limit your fat intake to 20 or 30 percent, but don't substitute simple carbohydrates for fat.
  • Limit iron intake:

Ask your doctor about supplementing your diet with B vitamins. Some people may benefit from these supplements.

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Last Updated: Dec 16, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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