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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

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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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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What is Crohn's disease?

What is Crohn's disease?

Gut disease: This is a serious, troublesome, incurable, chronic disease usually involving the gut, causing the wall to thicken and become blocked. The new biotech medicines have made it much easier to treat than in the past. You may hear it called "regional enteritis" or "terminal ileitis"; the latter doesn't mean it's terminal in the sense that it's usually fatal. ...Read more

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Crohn's disease and taebo?

Exercise is good: Tae bo seems to be pretty high energy and impact. If your disease is under good control, you should haven't have major issues, like incontinence. Check out this excellent article on exercise and ibd: http://www.Webmd.Com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/features/exercising-when-you-have-a-gi-disorder. ...Read more

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How is Crohn's disease treated?

How is Crohn's disease treated?

Medical and surgery: Crohn's is an inflammatory condition of the intestine. It can respond well to medical management. If it is refractory and results in bleeding, perforation, stricture, or fails to respond to medical manangment then surgery is available. 50% of patients may require surgery at some time. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is Crohn's disease?

What sort of disease is Crohn's disease?

Autoimmune: The immune system recognizes a protein usually a bacteria protein in your gut and your immune system does its job to clear that particular foreign protein. Unfortunately your gut is the innocent bystander in this process and sustains anywear from mild to severe damage and prevents it from absorbing nutrition. ...Read more

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How close are we to curing Crohn's disease?

How close are we to curing Crohn's disease?

No cure: There is still no cure, however current medications can help prevent frequent relapse and better quality of life. ...Read more

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What to expect for first signs of Crohn's disease?

What to expect for first signs of Crohn's disease?

Variable: There are many potential "first signs". Weight loss, diarrhea, abdominal pain, vomiting, iron deficiency, fatigue, blood in the stool, arthritis, fever. Any of these could be first signs. Its a tricky disease unfortunately. ...Read more

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What are the signs that someone has Crohn's disease?

What are the signs that someone has Crohn's disease?

Symptoms variable : Crohn's disease can cause a range of symptoms depending on what portion of the bowel is affected. It can cause diarrhea, blood in stool, ulcers in mouth, weight loss, bowel obstruction with vomiting, and sores or fistful as around the anus. It can cause anemia and low protein. Most of the times symptoms develop over time. Ask your internist or see a gastroenterologist if crohn's seems likely. ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease heritable?

It can be: The genetics of crohn's are still being worked out. Many genes have been discovered, bit the inheritance is still not clear. If one parent has crohn's, the chance of a child having crohn's seems to be less then 10%. But if both parents have ibd, the likelihood is considerably higher. ...Read more

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