Since the cause of ischemic colitis isn't always clear, there's no certain way to prevent the disorder. Most people who have ischemic colitis recover quickly and may never have another episode.

But if you're at risk of ischemic colitis, your doctor may recommend:

  • Avoiding certain medications that can diminish blood flow
  • Ongoing treatment for underlying conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Cholesterol-lowering medication
  • Regular exercise
Oct. 10, 2012