Collagen supplementation for LAR Syndrome

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Collagen supplementation for LAR Syndrome

Postby chrisca » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:34 pm

I've been supplementing with marine collagen peptides from Vital Proteins for close to a year now. I take about 12 grams a day, split between breakfast and dinner. I've noticed that while it's no miracle, it has reduced anorectal bleeding and irritation. This is possibly by toughening up the radiation-damaged tissues. There are different collagen sources out there (beef, pork, chicken, and fish). I chose fish because I'm wary of the way collagen is collected from pork and beef and don't want any disease risk since I'll likely be taking it for the rest of my life. I've also noticed other benefits that indicate it's helping strengthen weak connective tissue. There are genetic disorders that affect connective tissue health, so if you have one of them (Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is one example) it might be helpful. If your body's collagen is normal, you might not benefit.

It will take some time to see benefits. Allow about three months to see if anything noticeable happens.
Male, false negative colonoscopy age 48
DX: 12/2010 rectal cancer age 51
Stage T3N0M0 2 cm from anal verge
neoadjuvant rad/chemo Xeloda
Rectal resection (open surgery) straight anastomosis
Xeloda round 2
ileostomy reversal 11/2011
Successful adhesion X-lap 8/2013
Ongoing LAR syndrome but NED 8 years

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