During the month of December, it is important to remember the 1.6 million people across the United States who suffer from some form of IBD. That’s why the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 199 to support the ideals and goals put forth by groups like the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The group’s primary focus is educating the public about these chronic conditions, which are often referred to as “invisible diseases” because the people suffering from them may not display any symptoms outwardly, but may be suffering from the debilitating diseases internally, with little to no support or help.

This month, it is essential that we think of those who are suffering from these chronic illnesses, and help give them the support they deserve. For those of you who are unaware of what these diseases are, both Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are diseases that cause inflammation of an individual’s digestive tract, causing issues with digestion, nutrition problems, and issues with the elimination of waste from the body. It is estimated that nearly one in 350 people will develop either one of the two diseases in their lifetime.

In order to prevent Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis symptoms from worsening, there are a few things you can do including:

  • Stop smoking
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Take your vitamins and incorporate nutritional supplements
  • Avoid foods that can cause irritation and inflammation within the body

Unfortunately for those who suffer from it, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but there are medications and surgical procedures that can assist with ulcerative colitis. If you or someone you know is suffering from Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, you may be able to identify it if you have symptoms including:

  • Severe intestinal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Eye problems
  • Liver problems
  • Skin issues
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Mouth ulcers

If you are experiencing the symptoms above, it is vital that you speak with a doctor right away to discuss your options. For friendly, compassionate care from doctors that so many others trust with IBD issues, consider turning to Dr. Bradley Rieders, Dr. Gautam Reddy and Dr. Brandon Rieders of GastroCare LI. We have made it our mission to help those who are suffering from these chronic diseases, and we are ready to help you too. So, for this Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness month, help yourself or someone you care for get the medical assistance they deserve. Contact us at (516) 265-7049 or schedule a confidential appointment with us online.

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