Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), causes inflammation in the digestive tract, resulting in abdominal pain, fatigue, malnutrition, severe diarrhea and weight loss. Oftentimes, the inflammation of Crohn's disease affects the deep layers of the bowel tissue, resulting in debilitating pain. Although Crohn's disease has no known cure, there are several therapies that can reduce the symptoms or cause the inflammatory bowel disease to go into remission.
[b]The symptoms of Crohn's disease[/b]
The symptoms of Crohn's disease typically develop gradually and can range from mild to severe. There may also be times that you do not experience any signs or symptoms. This is called remission. Let's take a look at the symptoms of Crohn's disease.
• Abdominal cramping and pain
• Bloody stools
• Delayed growth or sexual development in children
• Discharge of stool
• Inflammation of the eyes, joints and skin
• Inflammation in the liver or bile ducts
• Mouth Sores
• Pain around the anus
• Reduced appetite
• Weight loss
[b]What are the risk factors for developing Crohn's disease?[/b][b]
Certain hereditary, medications and lifestyle choices can increase your risk of developing Crohn's disease. Additionally, those living in an urban area are at an increased risk of developing it.
Environmental factors like eating a lot of refined foods and foods high in fat may increase the risk of developing this disease. In addition to this, the following risk factors can increase the likelihood of developing this inflammatory bowel disease.
• [b]Age[/b] – Most sufferers are diagnosed before the age of 30
•[b] Cigarette smoking[/b] – Smokers are at an increased risk of developing this and other severe diseases.
• [b]Ethnicity[/b] – Caucasians and those of Eastern European Jewish descent are at an increased risk of developing Crohn's disease.
• [b]Family history[/b] – Those with a close relative are at an increased risk. In fact, one in five people diagnosed with Crohn's disease has a family member who suffers from the disease.
• [b]Medications[/b] – A number of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause inflammation in the bowel. These include ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium and naproxen sodium.
[b]How to cope with Crohn's diseas[/b][b]
Several lifestyle changes and home remedies can help relieve the symptoms of Crohn's disease. Additionally, these changes can put your disease into remission, thus alleviating your symptoms for an extended period of time.
• [b]Limit your intake of dairy products[/b] – Those who are lactose intolerant have the inability to digest lactose, which can cause inflammation in the digestive tract, leading to an increased risk of symptoms.
• [b]Heal the gastrointestinal tract with a probiotic[/b] – The gastrointestinal tract contains millions of bacteria that help to break down food, improve immunity and decrease inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract. Using a [url=https://www.vitaliving.com/ultra-flora-ib-metagenics]probiotic[/url] will increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and may help to minimize the symptoms of Crohn's disease.
• [b]Opt for low-fat foods[/b] – Those suffering from Crohn's disease can have problems digesting and absorbing fat. As the fat passes through the gastrointestinal tract, diarrhea can worsen. Avoid eating fried foods, creamy sauces, butter and margarine if you have Crohn's disease.
• [b]Decrease your fiber consumption[/b] – The fiber found in whole grains and fresh vegetables and fruits can aggravate the intestinal tract and cause symptoms to become worse. If you find that these fiber-rich foods increase your symptoms, you should watch the amount of fiber you consume.
• [b]Eat smaller meals[/b] – Many Crohn's disease sufferers find that eating several smaller meals throughout the day experience fewer symptoms than those who eat two or three large meals. Overeating can irritate the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in increased symptoms.
• [b]Drink plenty of fluids[/b] – If you suffer from Crohn's disease, you should drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. It is important to note that caffeine and alcohol can stimulate the intestines and increase the frequency of bowel movements. Additionally, carbonated beverages can increase gas. For best results, drink water.
• [b]Stop Smoking[/b] – Smoking cigarettes can increase the frequency and severity of your symptoms. Those who smoke often require additional medications and surgeries and experience more relapses than nonsmokers. If you currently smoke, consider quitting to improve the health of your digestive tract.
• [b]Decrease stress[/b] – Stress can trigger flare-ups. Learning how to manage stress through exercise and stress-relieving techniques like biofeedback, meditation, deep breathing exercises and yoga can help to reduce symptoms and prevent relapses caused by stress.
According to WebMD, more than a half a million Americans suffer from [url=https://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/crohns-disease/features/crohns-disease-54-tips-to-help-you-manage#1]Crohn's disease[/url]. This inflammatory bowel disease can impact your day to day life and cause chronic gastrointestinal symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bowel obstructions and bloody stools. Learning how to cope with and diminish your symptoms through lifestyle changes can help prevent surgery and lengthen remission times.
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