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Hi. I was just wondering : Can Crohn's disease shorten the life span of a human being? And if so, how?

Hi. I was just wondering : Can Crohn's disease shorten the life span of a human being? And if so, how?

Usually not: crohn disease is a life time illness that can some time go into remission unless patient end up with a severe mal nutrition because of mal absorption associated with crohn or multiple surgeries that caused the patient to have short bowel syndrom or missdiagnosed with ulcerative colitis that could lead to cancer they should have a normal life span ...Read more

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Dr. Abby Caplin
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Crohn's Disease (Definition)

Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Ulcerative colitis causes continuous inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum. Crohn's, on the other hand, is non-continuous inflammation that affects all layers of the digestive system in the large and small intestines. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's cause diarrhea, pain, ...Read more


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Can occasional fasting benefit someone who has Crohn's disease and how long can someone fast from food without it being life threatening?

Can occasional fasting benefit someone who has Crohn's disease and how long can someone fast from food without it being life threatening?

No: Fasting will not benefit symptoms of crohn's disease. You can fast from food for varying time periods until you die from starvation. This is not an effective clinical solution. Discuss this with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How do you live a healthy and good life with Crohn's disease?

How do you live a healthy and good life with Crohn's disease?

Can be done: Take your medicines properly, keep close follow up with your doctor, dont stop meds without consent of doc, get adequate rest, excercise, eat healthy, get proper colon cancer surveillance when indicated. Compliance with your doctors management is most critical. Have fun and consider a support group like croh's and colitis foundation (ccfa). ...Read more

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What could help to live a healthy and good life with Crohn's disease?

Possible: Work closely with your primary care physician and your specialists. There are good treatment for crohn's disease. ...Read more

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How does Crohn's disease affect your sex life?

Different ways: Crohn's disease can cause pain, fatigue, and any chronic condition can cause depression, all of which can affect sex life. Also fistulas and ostomies can sometimes get in the way. There are some medications that can affect fertility in men (methotrexate, sulfasalazine, etc.), or risk of birth defects in women (methotrexate, etc.). Ask your doctor because this is a very individual issue. ...Read more

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How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

How does Crohn's disease cause welling of the leg(s)?

Few ways.: Crohn's is an inflammatory disease that releases inflammtory mediators into the blood stream. There may be some small component of edema from that. Secondly it is also associated with an arthritis that can cause local joint edema and an increase in distal lymphatic pressure. Thirdly there may be protein / malabsorption losses which can increase edema. ...Read more

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How to eat with Crohn's disease?

How to eat with Crohn's disease?

Crohn's diet ?: When your crohn's disease is inactive, there are few dietary restrictions needed. When flaring however, the location of crohn's activity determines diet modification. If in the small bowel, consider cutting back on lactose & fatty foods, & add supplements to make up for vitamin & mineral malabsorptions. If colonic crohn's, avoid gut stimulants like caffeine, minimize alcohol, maybe add probiotics. ...Read more

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How can I treat Crohn's disease?

How can I treat Crohn's disease?

See a gi doctor: There are many different treatments for crohn's disease. The decision of which medication regimen is best involves reviewing your previous medications, current symptoms, findings on physical exam and endoscopic biopsy results. After reviewing all this info the doctor will discuss the treatment options with you. ...Read more

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Foods to avoid with Crohn's disease?

It depends: You might be surprised to learn that there's no evidence that certain foods cause crohn's disease. But once you've been diagnosed, paying special attention to what you eat can go a long way toward managing flare-ups, promoting healing, and reducing annoying digestive symptoms. ...Read more

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What medications treat Crohn's disease?

What medications treat Crohn's disease?

Immunosuppressives: Big word but the goal of therapy in crohn's disease is to decrease the inflammation in the lining of the bowel. The two familes of medications used are anti-inflammatory medications - thick Motrin for the gut and immunosuppressive medications. Asa compounds such as pentasa, (mesalamine) steroids and medications such as 6-mercaptopurine and remicaide are all used based on how severe your symptoms are. ...Read more