Canada tops list of countries for inflammatory bowel disease An Alberta researcher has determined that Canada and Europe have the most incidences of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which the report suggests is growing in prevalence.
The global study on the painful disease, conducted by the University of Calgary’s Gilaad G. Kaplan, a gastroenterologist, and epidemiologist, was published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.
He says 0.5 percent of Canadians suffer from some form of IBD.
Kaplan’s study set out to map the disease geographically in an attempt to understand why it affects more individuals in developed countries than it does in industrialized nations.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two major illnesses that fall under the umbrella of IBD, occur most often in individuals between 20 and 40, which can result in a long-term cost to patients, health-care systems and society.
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