What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is an umbrella term used to describe chronic autoimmune disorders primarily affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the most prominent and well known examples, each of which can present life-altering difficulties to a patient’s quality of life. As of 2015, the CDC estimates that IBD affects upwards of 3 million people, with limited traditional treatment options available. 

What is an Autoimmune Disorder and how does it relate to IBD?

A healthy immune system is our core defense against the foriegn cells which are constantly attacking our bodies. Made up of a complex system of organs, cells and chemicals which work together to fight off infectious microbes, they are programmed over the course of our life to recognize which cells to attack and which are safe. An Autoimmune Disorder occurs when your body begins to unnecessarily attack its own healthy cells, resulting in any number of disruptive symptoms. In the case of IBD, a patient's immune system will begin to attack otherwise healthy cells in the gastrointestinal tract, producing the symptoms commonly diagnosed as Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. 

What are the symptoms of IBD?

Symptoms of IBD will generally present in flare ups. Gastrointestinal issues ranging from abdominal cramping and pain, all the way to bloody stools can arise. Beyond the obvious digestive complications, a person suffering from IBD may experience fatigue and lack of energy, often but not always as a result of anemia. Things to look for if you believe you are suffering from IBD can include;

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever and Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Unintended Weight Loss
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Bloody Stools

What Causes IBD?

There is no established direct cause of IBD. In the past medical professionals believed that stress levels and dietary habits may increase the risk of inflammatory bowel diseases. Today it is understood that while these factors may play a role in the severity of flare ups, they do not lead to the development of the condition in their own right. Until more is learned about the mechanisms by which IBD or other autoimmune disorders are triggered, there are several risk factors to be aware of;

  • Age - Symptoms of IBD most commonly present before the age of 30, although IBD may begin to develop for patients in their 50s and 60s.
  • Family History - Those with a family history of autoimmune disorders or IBD, specifically close family members such as a parent, a sibling or a child are at greater risk for developing IBD. 
  • Environmental Factors - A greater risk of developing IBD for those living in industrialized countries has been established. These factors may include dietary habits to include refined foods and high fat diets, and those living in Northern climates seem affected to a greater degree. 

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