10 Risk Factors for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
What causes IBD?
By Alyssa Sparacino
Inflammatory bowel diseases, which include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are a bit mysterious. Both chronic and serious, these conditions are triggered by an abnormal immune reaction that can lead to diarrhea, abdominal cramps, rectal bleeding, fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, and fatigue, not to mention fistulas and serious complications that can require surgery to remove the colon.
Research has given us some hints as to the causes of IBD. It has been found that a combination of genes and environmental exposures is probably to blame. Here are some factors that may affect IBD risk.