About this Series

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been steadily rising in the United States, and researchers have yet to identify the cause for this uptick. Equally puzzling are the underlying causes of Crohn disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), and the reasons why these conditions typically occur in young adults.

Most of IBD patients experience their first symptoms in their 20s. The severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, and vitamin deficiencies associated with these conditions can be debilitating.

Timely diagnosis of IBD proves challenging because it can mimic other bowel diseases. Further complicating management are the challenges patients face in adopting healthy behaviors.

In this series, expert gastroenterologists provide strategies for accurate diagnosis and optimal management, and their IBD patients discuss the hurdles they face in controlling their disease.

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