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Reducing Your Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Main Page | Risk Factors | Symptoms | Diagnosis | Treatment | Screening | Reducing Your Risk | Talking to Your Doctor | Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease | Resource Guide

Because the cause of inflammatory bowel disease is unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

But, some evidence does suggest that eating a diet high in fiber and fruits may lower your risk of Crohn's disease . And a diet high in vegetables may lower your risk of ulcerative colitis .

As our understanding of the disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

 

References:

  • American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: http://www.gastro.org. Accessed March 6, 2006.
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America website. Available at: http://www.ccfa.org. Accessed March 6, 2006.
  • National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov. Accessed March 6, 2006.
  • Primary Care Medicine. 4th ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2000.
  • Rakel RE and Bope ET. Conn's Current Therapy 2001. 53rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company; 2001.
  • 6/17/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what: Hou JK, Abraham B, El-Serag H. Dietary intake and risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review of the literature. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011;106(4):563-573.

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