Many people suffer from constipation, diarrhea, and stomach cramp. These digestive tract issues are usually temporary and can be alleviated with over-the-counter medications. If you regularly have these uncomfortable and painful digestive tract issues, then you may have Crohn’s disease. There is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but it can be managed through proper treatments.
Around 700,000 Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease. This disease can cause inflammation in any part of the gastrointestinal system from the mouth to the anus, but it typically affects the small intestine and colon. There is no known cause, but heredity and immune system problems are two key risk factors. Other risk factors include:
• Age – typically develops if you are under 30
• Ethnicity – typically develops in whites of eastern European or Jewish ancestry
• Cigarette smoking – causes Crohn’s disease and can increase its severity
• Anti-inflammatory medications – increases the severity of this disease
• Environment – urban living and having a diet that is high in fat or refined foods increases the chance of developing the disease
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