Inflammatory bowel disease affects around 1.4 million Americans, of which 600,000 have Crohn's disease. The exact reason for developing Crohn's disease is unclear, but researchers think it is a combination of being genetically predisposed to the disease and it being environmentally triggered.
- It's estimated that between 5 and 20 percent of Crohn's sufferers have a first-degree relative who also has the disease.
- Inflammatory bowel disease is usually diagnosed in young people between the ages of 15 and 30.
- Boys are more likely to develop IBD than girls, although Crohn's disease affects males and females equally.
- People living at higher latitudes are more likely to have Crohn's disease than those who live at lower latitudes.
- With appropriate treatment, around 50 percent of Crohn's patients will have only mild disease symptoms or be in remission after five years.
- More than 187,000 hospital admissions were reported due to Crohn's disease in 2010.
- The cost of treating a Crohn's patients for a year is an average of $8,265.
- Eleven percent of Crohn's patients will experience severe disease activity.
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