Are you at risk?
Currently, scientists believe that a genetic tendency and a trigger in the environment are combined to set off inflammation in the gut. Instead of being dampened down, the immune system then continues to run amok. The chronic (lifelong) process that results can manifest as either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
One thing we do know – YOU did not cause your disease by something you did or didn’t do. It wasn’t your diet or the stress in your life that brought this on, so free yourself (and anyone else!) from guilt over the cause of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Here are some quick facts:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is more common in developed countries, urban areas and temperate climates.
- Canada has among the highest rates in the world.
- Crohn’s and colitis can be diagnosed at any age, but people are more frequently diagnosed before the age of 30.
- Crohn’s disease has almost doubled in Canadian children under 10 since 1995.
- Males and females are equally affected.
- Crohn’s and colitis can affect any race or ethnic group however, people of Jewish Ashkenazi (European) descent and some South Asian immigrant populations in Canada have higher rates of inflammatory bowel disease.
A number of research projects funded by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada are looking at the causes of these diseases – visit Research to find out more.