The reasons why someone suffers from ulcerative colitis have not yet been exhaustively researched. It is considered certain that in a patient with ulcerative colitis the immune system
cannot distinguish between good and bad organisms in the intestine. It reacts by producing a constant inflammation. This misinterpretation could be caused by a genetic defect, environmental influences or microbiological factors.
For a more detailed explanation: A genetic defect
could, for example, be a trigger for certain bacteria in the intestine to be attacked and the intestinal wall less protected. Environmental influences
such as nutrition
and other living conditions are less significant during the development, but may have an effect on the course of chronic intestinal diseases. Thus it is quite striking that diseases such as ulcerative colitis occur more frequently in an industrialised environment. Therefore, certain components of a typical lifestyle in the modern world could favour the development of intestinal inflammations.
Another related observation is that patients with ulcerative colitis have an unbalanced microbiome. This means that there are more harmful than helpful microorganisms in the intestinal flora. This unfavourable change in the microbiome, also known as microbial dysbiosis
, could also be a reason for permanent intestinal inflammation. It manifests itself by the fact that certain intestinal bacteria occur more frequently, while others are completely absent or only present to a very small extent.
A first step to find out if you suffer from ulcerative colitis may be to have your intestinal flora examined
. With the INTEST.pro
you can easily learn more about the composition of your microbiome. You will even get tips on what you can do for the health of your intestines. Of course, the test cannot replace a correct diagnosis for certain diseases by a doctor, but it can tell you a lot about the conditions in your intestine.