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Ulcerative Colitis and Smoking: Fewer Flares

For most people smoking is simply a bad idea. Chronic smokers are at significantly greater risk for numerous ailments, including lung and mouth cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and respiratory tract infections. After centuries of use and abuse, we’ve catalogued the harm tobacco can do in staggering detail. It’s safe to say that…

5 million people

Approximately 5 million people around the world have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

5 million have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
IBD is as common

IBD is as common as Type 1 diabetes and epilepsy, and more than twice as common as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.

IBD is as common as Type 1 diabetes and epilepsy
25% to 50% of IBD

25% to 50% of IBD patients relapse annually.

25% to 50% of IBD patients relapse annually
Children (ages 1 to 16)

Children (ages 1 to 16) account for 20% to 25% of the IBD population, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as early as their first year of life.

Children (ages 1 to 16) account for 20% to 25% of the IBD population
the peak

The peak age of IBD diagnosis is around 25.

peak age of IBD diagnosis is around 25
Family

For every person diagnosed with IBD there are a host of significant others who are also affected by the emotional toll the disease takes on a family, the economic consequences of lost work time or school, drug therapy that isn't covered, worry and more.

For every person diagnosed with IBD a host of others are affected
The causes of IBD

The causes of IBD are unknown however the high rates of disease in Western countries and the emergence of disease in developing countries suggest that urbanization, modernization, or Western diets may be contributing factors.

The causes of IBD are unknown however

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Welcome to the latest information about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, curated by physicians that specialize in inflammatory bowel disease. We go into detail about treatments, diets, symptoms, surgery and how inflammation changes the intestines. Ask us anything on our Contact Us page. This site is about empowering people like you who have these challenging diseases. Wishing you good health!

Sincerely,

Dr. Brian Bressler