What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s DiseaseToday’s typical American diet is not what it was in the past. Processed foods, fast food restaurants, hectic schedules, and even stress can culminate into poor eating habits that can cause a myriad of medical conditions, especially problems involving the digestive system. One of the most prevalent of these digestive disorders is Crohn’s disease, a disease included in the category of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD. In Crohn’s disease, the lining of the digestive tract becomes inflamed which can lead to a number of digestive symptoms, including abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, and malnutrition due to poor nutrient absorption. Because Crohn’s disease can often spread deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue, the painful and sometimes debilitating effects of it can even lead to complications that can be life-threatening. For this reason, gastroenterologists, or GI doctors, play a major role in the lives of patients with Crohn’s disease. Continue reading “What is Crohn’s Disease?”