Crohns Disease Diet and Nutrition, PHOENIX More than a million people in the United States suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. And while we don’t know what causes them, we do know that genetic and environmental components are at the root of these autoimmune diseases.
Crohn’s disease can affect the entire digestive tract while ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon. Symptoms can severely disrupt patients’ lives. They include persistent abdominal pain and cramping, frequent diarrhea, fever, vomiting, bleeding, nausea, and fatigue.
IBD can occur at any age, with most patients diagnosed between ages 15 and 30. But not always. “It doesn’t just happen to adults, says registered dietician Tiffani Bachus. “It can happen to kids as well.
Tiffani’s daughter, Emily Bachus, was diagnosed at age 9, and her best friend, Samantha, was diagnosed a year later. As many as 1.4 million people in the United States have IBD; an estimated 35,000 IBD patients like Emily and Samantha live in Arizona.