IBD Facts

It’s estimated that around 1.4 million people are affected by an IBD condition in the United States alone.

In the U.S. about 100-200 people per 100,000 are affected with ulcerative colitis.

And 30-100 people per 100,000 are affected by Crohn’s disease.

Crohn’s can affect all areas of the digestive tract.  The digestive tracts covers the following areas

Mouth, Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine, Large Intestines, Rectum and Anus.

Ulcerative colitis just affects the following areas:

Colon, Rectum, and Anus.

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

Unfortunately, no one knows exactly what causes IBD.  All we know is that something in your body causes your immune system to overreact.  Different stimuli may be the cause of IBD in different people.  For instance it might be a kind of bacteria, something in your own intestines or even your family history.

In fact scientists now believe it is a combination of all these factors.  if you have IBD, you may have inherited a unique gene in your immune system.  Then something happened to trigger that gene, causing the overreaction, which then cause the inflammation in a patients intestines.

Who Gets IBD:

IBD can be found in both men and women.  it may run in families, in fact 20% of people diagnosed with the disease have a blood relative with some form of IBD.

It is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20-30, all though people of all ages can suffer from an IBD.  People of Jewish heritage have a greater rush of developing the disease while people of African American heritage have the least amount of risk.

Symptoms:

Abdominal pain and diarrhea are the most common symptoms of IBD.  Other symptoms include rectal bleeding, weight loss, arthritis, skin problems, inflammation of the eyes and fever.  The range of severity of symptoms can vary.  A diagnosis of IBD may involve blood tests, stool tests, upper GI, colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or biopsy.