World IBD Day is May 19

World IBD Day raises awareness of inflammatory bowel disease. Learn how to manage this chronic condition with proper treatment and a healthy lifestyle.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the chronic inflammation of the digestive system, not to be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are the two main types of IBD. About 7 million people worldwide have IBD.1 Although it is not a common disease, an increasing number of people have been diagnosed over the last 20 years.

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Stay on your medications

To control symptoms and prevent the disease from getting worse, it’s important to take medicines as prescribed by your doctor.

Some medicines can make you more likely to have infections such as the flu (influenza) or diseases such as osteoporosis. You may prevent these infections and manage these diseases by getting recommended vaccinations and regular screenings. Consider the following preventive care measures and ask your doctor about these vaccines and tests.

Besides getting preventive care, adopting a healthy lifestyle can help you manage IBD symptoms.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Learn more about IBD and find an IBD community and support group to get updated information and share experiences.

  1. GBD 2017 Inflammatory Bowel Disease Collaborators. The global, regional, and national burden of inflammatory bowel disease in 195 countries and territories, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020;5(1):17‒30. doi:10.1016/S2468-1253(19)30333-4