Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis: What You Need to Know
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the two most common diseases comprising Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These two categories of IBD affect more than 1.4 million Americans. Crohn’s and Colitis do occur more frequently along familial lines, meaning the propensity for diagnosis of Crohn’s or colitis is higher if you have a direct relative that has also been diagnosed.
IBD doesn’t discriminate along racial or ethnic lines, however there are certain groups that have a higher chance of having IBD. Caucasians have been found to have a higher risk than any other group to be diagnosed with IBD, and Jewish communities of European origins have also been found to have an increased prevalence of IBD. In the United States, increasing rates of Crohn’s and colitis have been seen among African Americans and Hispanics.
Some of the symptoms that are associated with IBD, in general, are:
• Loss of appetite
• Weight Loss
• Night sweats
• Loss of normal menstrual cycle
• Joint pain
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