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Crohn's Disease

What is Crohn's disease?

Crohn's disease is a chronic condition that affects the end of the small bowel. It is often compared to other irritable bowel disorders. The small intestine is approximately twenty feet long. Its irregular surface, full of projections called villi and microvilli give it a surface area approximately the size of four tennis courts. The cells of the small intestine secrete enzymes to break down food and they absorb nutrients. Problems with the small intestine can lead to poor nutrient absorption; you don’t get the nutrients even if you are eating properly. This can lead to fatigue, allergies, digestive problems and many other chronic health problems. Poor digestion can be the beginning of digestive problems, fatigue, nutrient deficiency, obesity, food cravings, a, and many other chronic health problems

Crohn's Disease

Why do people get Crohn's disease?

Experts think that diet and stress may contribute to developing Crohn's disease, but no one really knows for sure. Genetics and heredity are thought to play a role as well. 

What are the symptoms of Crohn's disease?

The symptoms of Crohn's disease include:

• long-lasting diarrhea
• urgent and sometimes uncontrollable need to evacuate the bowel
• stomach cramps or pain
• constipation
• rectal bleeding

 

 


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