Inflammatory Bowel Disease: What Is The Cause?

Inflammatory bowel disease is a term used to describe disorders that cause chronic inflammation in your digestive tract. The two types of inflammatory bowel disease are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. There are different factors that can cause inflammatory bowel disease and it’s important to discuss how it can be treated with your doctor. The surgeons at Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute in La Grange, Berwyn, and Elmhurst, IL, can explain what causes inflammatory bowel disease and how it can be treated.

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

There are two types of inflammatory bowel disease. This includes:

  • Ulcerative colitis- This condition is when there is inflammation and sores along the lining of your large intestine and your rectum.
  • Crohn’s disease- This is when there’s inflammation in the lining of your digestive tract that can involve deeper layers.

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

There is no known exact cause for inflammatory bowel disease, however, there are factors that can trigger episodes of pain. Your surgeon in La Grange, Berwyn, and Elmhurst, IL, can help identify factors that can increase your risk of inflammatory bowel disease to help explain what may have caused it.

The risk factors include:

  • Age- Usually, people that develop an inflammatory bowel disease are under 30 years of age.
  • Family history- If you have a close relative that has the disease, you’re at a higher risk of inheriting it as well.
  • Cigarette smoking- People who smoke cigarettes increase their chance of developing an inflammatory bowel disease, specifically Crohn’s disease.

Even though your surgeon won’t be able to pinpoint the exact cause of your inflammatory bowel disease, you’ll be able to identify triggers to avoid and you can work on lowering your risk factor.

Contact Your Doctor Today!

Find out if this is affecting you. Contact your surgeon at Suburban Surgical Associates/Suburban Metabolic Institute in La Grange, Berwyn, and Elmhurst, IL, to learn more about inflammatory bowel disease. Call for more information today at (708) 484-0621.

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