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Inflammatory bowel disease in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are typical of other illnesses and diseases and can vary from person to person. Symptoms of IBD include diarrhea, stomach pain and cramping, bleeding ulcers, weight loss, and fatigue. A survey from 2019 of patients with Crohn's disease in North America and Europe found that 56 percent had experienced tiredness/exhaustion/fatigue in the past month, while 53 percent had abdominal pain/cramps. Such symptoms were only slightly less common among patients with ulcerative colitis.

In 2015-2016, there were over three million adults living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in the United States, 1.2 million of whom were men and 1.9 million women. At this time, IBD was slightly more common in the Northeast and South than in other regions of the U.S. IBD is also more common among non-Hispanic whites than other ethnicities, with 1.4 percent of this population diagnosed with IBD in 2015-2016, compared to just 0.6 percent of non-Hispanic blacks.

The first step in treatment for IBD includes the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, usually followed by immune suppressants and antibiotics. However, patients can use different strategies to try to improve IBD symptoms. A survey of IBD patients in the U.S. in 2020 found that the most common strategies for improving IBD symptoms include increasing hydration, avoiding certain foods, avoiding stimulants, and increasing fiber consumption. Although the exact cause of IBD remains unknown, genetics is known to play a role, and a healthy diet, exercise and not smoking tobacco may help prevent such diseases.

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Inflammatory bowel disease in the U.S. - Statistics & Facts

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to disorders that cause chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. The two most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. IBD can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms are typical of other illnesses and diseases and can vary from person to person. Symptoms of IBD include diarrhea, stomach pain and cramping, bleeding ulcers, weight loss, and fatigue. A survey from 2019 of patients with Crohn's disease in North America and Europe found that 56 percent had experienced tiredness/exhaustion/fatigue in the past month, while 53 percent had abdominal pain/cramps. Such symptoms were only slightly less common among patients with ulcerative colitis.

In 2015-2016, there were over three million adults living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in the United States, 1.2 million of whom were men and 1.9 million women. At this time, IBD was slightly more common in the Northeast and South than in other regions of the U.S. IBD is also more common among non-Hispanic whites than other ethnicities, with 1.4 percent of this population diagnosed with IBD in 2015-2016, compared to just 0.6 percent of non-Hispanic blacks.

The first step in treatment for IBD includes the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, usually followed by immune suppressants and antibiotics. However, patients can use different strategies to try to improve IBD symptoms. A survey of IBD patients in the U.S. in 2020 found that the most common strategies for improving IBD symptoms include increasing hydration, avoiding certain foods, avoiding stimulants, and increasing fiber consumption. Although the exact cause of IBD remains unknown, genetics is known to play a role, and a healthy diet, exercise and not smoking tobacco may help prevent such diseases.

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