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Crohn's disease: An underestimated autoimmune disease

Can you imagine your digestive system going through a lifelong inflammatory process? Did you know that there are people who suffer from this kind of condition that causes chronic abdominal pain and diarrhea? This might be more common than you think. Crohn’s disease affects around half a million of Americans and is part of a group called Inflammatory bowel diseases.

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract absorbs water and substances from the food you consume. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of your GI tract, but commonly affects the small intestine and beginning of the large intestine. There isn’t a sole cause, but there is evidence that genetic, immune, and environmental factors are involved.

The immune system’s job is to protect our body from foreign invaders. In Crohn's Disease, the immune system starts attacking itself, destroying healthy tissue, leading to inflammation and irritated walls of our GI tract. Due to the affected walls and malabsorption of substances, there could be notable symptoms, such as: chronic diarrhea (which may include blood or mucus), abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, or bowel obstruction.

People with Crohn’s disease may present periods of remission, as well as flares (periods where the disease is active), whereas the symptoms may appear. Is important to see a health professional who can help you choose a nutritious diet that satisfies your needs and helps control your symptoms. Other systematic symptoms could include: redness and itchiness in the eye, joint pain, osteoporosis, skin rashes, weight loss, fatigue, appetite loss, vitamin deficiency, or affected growth development in children. These additional symptoms should be notified to your doctor immediately, who could require blood or image tests, a colonoscopy, endoscopy, or perhaps a biopsy.

Certain measures can reduce flares, such as a healthy diet, exercise, stress management, and quitting smoking. However, Crohn's disease is different in every patient, depending on the severity and the affected area. Your doctor can give you a specific treatment for your needs; different medications, or even surgery, can help you live an active life.

At Alpha Research, we want to find an optimal treatment for people with this disease. By participating in our clinical study, you can help us reach that goal, in addition to helping thousands of Americans with the disease. For more information, contact us today.

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