Crohn's Disease

Description: A chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Persons most commonly affected: Men and women equally of all age groups, but it is more often diagnosed in peopke between the ages 20 and 30.

Organ or part of body involved: Intestine

Symptoms and indications: Pinful abdominal spasms (often in the lower right area), diarrhoea (sometimes with the passage of blood or stool), and weight loss.

Causes and risk factors: Causes are unknown. It could be due to an abnormal allergic response to cereals or to milk-based products, or to a bacterium or virus in the intestine. There may be a family history, although the genetic link is not a strong one.

Prevention: Follow a balanced diet, avoiding foods likely to upset digestion. Drink plenty of fluids so as to avoid dehydration as a result of diarrhoea. Take fish oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, for its antiinflammatory properties.

There are no known foods that cause Crohn

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