Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to particular chronic diseases that cause inflammation, in the form of painful swelling, generally with heat of the intestines. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two ailments commonly designated to the different types of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Inflammatory Bowel Disease often occurs early in life, mainly between the ages of 15 and 25. Approximately 25% of Inflammatory Bowel Disease sufferers have a direct relative who also has the disease. Jewish Americans are roughly four to five times more likely to develop IBD than the rest of the population.
The most common symptom of Inflammatory Bowel Disease is diarrhea, sometimes severe enough to require frequent trips to a toilet (up to 20 or more times a day). Other common symptoms include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Blocked bowels
- Bloody Stool
- Loss of body fluids
- Loss of appetite
- Extreme weight loss
Many people who suffer from IBD also experience such conditions as arthritis and inflammation of the eye, skin and liver. Inflammatory Bowel Disease is also considered to be a major risk factor for developing colorectal cancer.
Children troubled with Inflammatory Bowel Disease frequently suffer from retarded growth and delays in the onset of puberty. The struggle continues into adulthood as patients suffer new bouts with the disease. Once Inflammatory Bowel Disease has taken hold, symptoms can flare up without warning, leaving victims constantly worried over when the next episode will strike; how severe it will be and how long it will last.
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