Find out which health issues are surprisingly common.
Unfortunately, in today's day and age, it's likely that you know someone in your family or friend circle that’s been affected by heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. According to the CDC, more than half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions and four in ten adults had two or more chronic health conditions. Here are five other health conditions that are actually more common than you may think.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that involves inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Approximately 1.6 million Americans have IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and many are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 35. Crohn’s disease is commonly found at the base of the small intestine where it joins the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis is found in the large intestine. While the cause of these diseases isn't entirely understood, it does involve interactions between the immune system, genes, and environmental factors. The immune system has an inappropriate response to the intestinal tract, which results in inflammation. Crohn’s may cause abdominal pain, frequent diarrhea and other symptoms that vary from mild to severe. Treatments may involve drugs or a surgical procedure to put the disease in remission.