Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Prevalence in Canada — Already High — Will Almost Double by 2030, Report Warns

Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Prevalence in Canada — Already High — Will Almost Double by 2030, Report Warns
Canada has the world's highest prevalence of the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis — and the incidence of IBD is increasing fast in seniors (older than  65) and children. A report with those findings, 2018 Impact of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Canada, prepared by researchers in Canada, measured the burden of IBD since 2012. "The findings within the report should serve as a wake-up call for the Canadian health care system," Gilaad Kaplan, a gastroenterologist at the University of Calgary and the report's co-chair author, said in a press release. "One key takeaway from the report is that Canada is not ready to face the rising number of seniors, children, immigrants, and other high-risk populations who are developing these incurable and potentially devastating diseases," he said. While the onset of IBD symptoms — abdominal pain, fatigue and bleeding — typically occurs in adolescence or early adulthood, the new report shows that IBD is rising among seniors. The incidence of IBD also is increasing especially among people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and among those of South Asian origin. Currently, 270,000 Canadians live with IBD. But by 2030 estimates point to this number reaching  400,000 — an almost 50 percent increase in the disease prevalence affecting 1 percent of Canadian population. With this rise in t
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