I was reading through some of the recent PUBMed scientific studies the past two days, and I found one which caught my eye.
For years now, there’s has been a running theme that there very well may be something to the idea that the changing of the seasons plays a part in UC flare ups starting up.
I myself have sometimes had a harder time getting through the months of October/November, and I know many others who have expressed their “bad months” as well.
So, let’s give it up to the good fellows out in Japan who have put together a pretty interesting study in some pretty simple English for all of us to read.
The title of the study is: “Seasonal Variations in the Onset of Colitis in Japan”
The study was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology in December and you can read it in it’s entirety here:
Also, Dr. Shigeo Koido, MD, Division of Gastroenterology, Jikei University School of Medicine has been so kind to leave us an email address for contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you think?
Do you think your UC flare ups have some seasonality to them?
I found this pretty interesting from the study:
The highest onset rate was observed in October (24/198, 12.1%), followed by March (23/198, 11.6%). The lowest onset rate was observed in July and August (10/198, 5.1%).
If you’re interested in educating yourself more and you’d like to read the same PubMed Articles (there are new ones related to ulcerative colitis almost DAILY… Go ahead and read the post I wrote about how to use PubMed here: http://www.ihaveuc.com/learn-how-to-use-pubmed-for-free-its-amazingly-easy/
Some other studies which were pretty interesting:
Has the risk of colorectal cancer in IBD… (Something we all think about right)
Pre-diagnostic Clinical Presentations... (This study was interesting because like so many other UC’ers (not just children) it takes WAAAAAY too long for the diagnosis to actually come through.)
Go Seahawks (only cause they beat my Niners),