Frequently Asked Questions
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are meant to help answer common questions pertaining to IBD.
- IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease. IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome.
- IBD and IBS share similar symptoms, but the mechanisms are different.
- IBS is not caused by inflammation and the tissues of the bowel are not damaged the way they are in IBD.
- Treatment is different.
To learn more about the difference between inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, go to http://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/assets/pdfs/ibd-and-irritable-bowel.pdfpdf iconexternal icon
- Celiac disease and IBD share similar symptoms to IBD, but the disease mechanisms are different.
- Celiac disease is also characterized by inflammation of the intestines.
- The cause of celiac disease is known and is very specific. It is an inflammatory response to gluten (a group of proteins found in wheat and similar grains).
- For most people, the symptoms of celiac disease will go away after starting a gluten-free diet although it usually will be months before the full effects of the new diet will be reached.
Yes, it is possible that IBD is hereditary. The exact cause is unknown, but genetics may play a complex role in developing IBD.
We don’t yet know how to prevent IBD, but there are things you can do to help you live better with IBD.
IBD is a lifelong disease, but you can adopt a healthy lifestyle to improve overall health.
- Keep up your IBD medication regimen.
- Follow your doctor’s advice to manage pain.
- Have screening testsexternal icon and recommended vaccines on time.
- Stop smoking if you currently smoke.
- Engage in moderate physical activity.
- Limit or stop alcohol drinking.
- Get enough sleep.
- Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Have a healthy and complete dietexternal icon.
- Reduce stress.