Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an intestinal disease that can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract, ranging from the mouth to the anus. The two most common forms of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC), which both present unique symptoms and require different treatments.
In a recent study, mice suffering from colitis had an increase in colitis-linked events when forced to exercise. Conversely mice that were allowed to exercise at free will had a decreased number of colitis events. This study may help to show that with increased exercise and decreased stress, the body may be able to control some colitis symptoms without traditional medications.
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons specializing in the comprehensive management of IBD. Our patients are treated with an individualized care plan to best suit their needs. To learn more about IBD, or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, contact us at (888) 421-4172.
Facts About IBD
- 1.4 million people in the U.S. suffer from IBD.
- Genetic, immunologic and environmental factors are believed to play a role.
- The peak age of onset of inflammatory bowel disease is between 15 and 30.
- The highest prevalence of IBD is seen in the Caucasian race.
- Ulcerative colitis is more common in males, while Crohn’s is more common in females.
- IDB increases your risk for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, as well as colorectal cancer.
Crohn’s vs. Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract involving any section from the mouth to the anus, but typically involves the small intestine and upper portion of the large intestine. Additionally, Crohn’s can skip to various regions within the GI tract, leaving areas of normal tissue in between. But when it does affect an area, all layers tend to be involved. Crohn’s disease typically is more severe than ulcerative colitis and may require surgery to salvage portions of normal intestines.
While ulcerative colitis is limited to the rectum, colon and large intestine, it does not affect every layer of the intestine that is involved. Instead, this form of IBD tends to be continuous, rather than leaving normal areas of tissue in between. While ulcerative colitis tends to produce fewer complications and respond better to less aggressive treatment than Crohn’s disease, sometimes surgical treatment is still necessary.
Treatment of IBD
Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are distinct in their symptomatology and treatments. Most of the time, ulcerative colitis can be handled medically, while Crohn’s may require surgery. Our Los Angeles based IBD doctors use the most modern treatments when handling IBD, and depending on your specific case, will design an individualized care plan.
Contact an Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist in Los Angeles
The IBD Center of Excellence offers a team of world-renowned gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons. Our extensive experience in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, coupled with a highly individualized approach, helps us to deliver compassionate and effective care to each patient. For more information on the latest treatments for IBD, or to schedule a consultation with an IBD specialist, please call (888) 421-4172 or fill out our contact form.