How Do You Know It’s Crohn’s?

Diagnosing Crohn’s can be difficult because its symptoms are similar to those of other conditions. Here’s how your doctor will determine if you have it. It’s believed roughly 500,000 Americans have Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. If you have abdominal cramps or pain a few hours after eating, frequent diarrhea, bleeding from your rectum, weight loss, night sweats, or a recurrent fever, you may be one of them. Diagnosing Crohn’s can be especially challenging because its symptoms are so similar to those of several other conditions, but a visit to your doctor is

Crohn’s and colitis – dietary considerations

Summary Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Making certain dietary adjustments, after consultation with your doctor, can help manage some of the symptoms of IBD. There is no evidence to suggest that diet plays a part in the development of IBD. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Both conditions affect the bowel, but in slightly different ways. Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the full thickness of the bowel wall and can target any part of the digestive tract, from mouth to anus. Ulcerative colitis is inflammation

Digestive Diseases: Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a chronic illness of children and adults in which the intestines (bowel) become inflamed. The disease affects the full thickness of the intestinal wall and this inflammation can lead to serious complications that may require surgery. The condition typically affects the lower part of the small intestine (ileum), although it can occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. Sections of diseased bowel can be interrupted by sections of healthy bowel. Crohn’s disease can disrupt the normal function of the bowel in a number of ways, causing the tissue to: •  

CROHN’S DISEASE – Diet and Nutrition

It seems hard enough to maintain a healthy diet amid our busy schedules and fast-paced lifestyles. Yet, because of the nature of symptoms, Crohn’s disease may be your reason for seriously re-evaluating your eating habits and developing a diet rich in nutrients. By eating right and avoiding foods that trigger Crohn’s disease symptoms, you can take an active role in managing your condition as well as maintaining your weight and overall health. Good nutrition is essential to everyone for good health. Crohn’s disease can cause reduced appetite, poor absorption of vitamins and minerals, and diarrhea. Therefore, although there is no

Definition of Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease: A chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the small and large intestine, but which can affect other parts of the digestive system as well. It is named for Burrill Crohn, the American gastroenterologist who first described the disease in 1932. Crohn disease is usually diagnosed in persons in their teens or twenties, but can come to the fore at any point in life. It can be a chronic, recurrent condition or can cause minimal symptoms with or even without medical treatment. In mild forms, Crohn disease causes small scattered shallow crater- like areas (erosions) called aphthous ulcers in the