https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xIt-JrFKBA Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a term for a group of diseases that affect the colon and intestines. It is an autoimmune disease where the body begins to attack the digestive system. In this short video from My Health Specialist, Mr. Ian Mitchell, a Consultant General and Gastrointestinal Surgeon, discusses whether or not IBD can be cured. MORE: How doctors monitor inflammatory bowel disease Mitchell explains that currently there is no cure for either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis but with lifestyle changes and medications, the two conditions can be managed very well for most patients. Some patients may require surgery to help control the disease, but most patients will find they have sustained periods where the disease is inactive or in remission and they don't need to take any medications. MORE: Seven tips to help you better manage Crohn’s flares IBD News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.