Summary of health articles:
Research suggests that inflammatory bowel disease – gastrointestinal difficulties – affects three times the number of people as previously estimated, putting them at risk of colon cancer. Inflammatory bowel disease is characterized by swelling and ulcerated areas in the digestive tract.After the flare-up, it’s important to control inflammation through dietary habits, supplements that modulate the immune system, and regular colon cleansing
IBD prevalence three times higher than previous estimates
Gastrointestinal problems can seriously affect your quality of life when you have recurring problems. Depending on your symptoms, you may be tested for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This is actually an umbrella term for two similar diseases that affect the digestive tract: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. And new research shows that if you are diagnosed with IBD, you are far from being alone. In fact, these disorders could be far more common than the medical facility ever realized.
The study, which was carried out at the University of Birmingham in the UK, found that the prevalence of IBD is three times higher than previously thought. To make matters worse, people with these disorders may be at higher risk of developing colon cancer. These results are based on a study that included data from the Health Improvement Network (THIN), a UK primary care database collected between 2000 and 2017.
Not only did the evidence suggest three times more people with IBD than was recognized, but also showed that cases of ulcerative colitis increased by 55 percent and Crohn’s disease by 83 percent over that 17 year period. Based on these rising prevalence rates, the researchers estimate that this upward trend will continue. They also found that people with IBD had a 39 percent higher risk of developing colon cancer. This is very bad news as colon cancer is the second leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States.
Risk Factors for Developing IBD
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are both associated with inflammation of the bowel and are typically characterized by episodes of active flare-ups and quieter periods of symptom remission. Their difference lies in the location of the inflammation. In ulcerative colitis, the inflammation is strictly confined to the large intestine, while in Crohn’s disease, inflammation can occur anywhere along the digestive tract, which extends from the mouth to the anus, although the areas most commonly affected are the small and large intestines.
We don’t yet know the specific cause of IBD, but it seems to involve the presence of pathogenic factors such as abnormal gut bacteria, dysregulation of the immune response, environmental changes, and gene variants. One strong possibility is that bad gut bacteria cause the immune system to respond with an inflammatory response that is so severe that it damages the intestinal walls, leading to symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea, and complications such as intestinal bleeding and perforation. If it’s severe enough, surgery may be needed. Family history and age – with the vast majority of diagnoses in those under the age of 35 – are two major risk factors. Another reason is the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen, which lower prostaglandin levels, which help protect the intestinal lining.
Prevent IBD from developing
Having close relatives with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease does not necessarily mean that you will also develop IBD. And if you’ve been diagnosed with IBD, there are natural ways to lower your rate of inflammation, lower your immune response, and possibly lengthen your periods of remission.
Avoid taking NSAIDs as they can damage the gastrointestinal tract and allow IBD ulcers to form. Make dietary changes, such as: B. Increase your water-soluble fiber intake, eliminate highly refined carbohydrates and sugars, and reduce dairy products. Add the spicy turmeric (or its nutraceutical form, curcumin) to your diet, as it has been shown to be as effective as a prescription anti-inflammatory drug and holds particular promise for people with IBD. Take a probiotic formula that contains L. salivarius and don’t forget to use a natural immune booster. Make sure you use a bowel detox to restore normal bowel function.
And finally, to help balance an overactive immune system, you should add some natural immune modulators, such as L-carnosine and cetyl myristoleate, to your dietary supplement program.