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Ulcerative Colitis & Hunger (Fasting)

Hi,

We Muslims fast in month of Ramadhan, it is a complete 14 hrs of fasting in which we are not allowed to have anything (food,Water etc..). Can a patient with Ulcerative Colitis keep fast ? Is being hungry for 14 hrs continously triggers flare-ups or it is good for Ulcerative colitis ?

My medical history :

Male of Age 24 yrs.
Ulcerative Pancolitis detected 8 months back in December 2007
Currently in Remission ( Leading a normal life )
I am on Mesacol 800 gms in morning and night.
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Can anyone please advice ? ?  It is on urgent basis .. !!
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I'm no expert, but fasting is good for the body in general.  It clears out all the toxins in the body.  And since your bowels won't be passing anything, the ulcers in your colon won't be irritated by the waste that is normally in there.  Please do a search online for websites that discuss ulcerative colitis, the mechanism of how it gets irritated, and that should give you further peace of mind.  You can also do another search for fasting and its effect on the body, how it works and all, and again you should be reassured.

In any case, 14 hours or even 14 days of fasting is not going to aggravate any condition that you have, because many people of other religions do it for health reasons, they'll go 24 hours or more.  Also, if you think about it, when we sleep at night, we go 8 hours without eating or drinking.  That's why they call the morning meal "breakFAST" because it breaks the natural overnight sleeping fast.  
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