The cause of Crohn's disease , according to the National Institutes of Health, is still a mystery. There are many theories but none has been definitively proven.
Some researchers are wondering if diet may play a role in this disease. It's a notion that would seem to make some sense - after all, the job of the digestive system is to interact with the outside world by breaking down and absorbing food all day. Plenty of other factors we encounter in our environment can cause diseases. Why couldn't food play a role?
According to researchers who looked at this issue in the journal Gut last fall, Crohn's disease - a type of inflammatory bowel disease - is less common in underdeveloped countries (where people eat much differently than we do in the United States). As Japan has adopted a more Western diet, the number of cases of Crohn's disease has risen markedly.
The researchers looked at whether certain food components could play some role in the development of Crohn's di...
If the side effects alone weren't enough, there is now even more reason not to take antibiotics unless they are needed. The overuse of antibiotics has been linked to an increase in antibiotic resistance and now to an increase in IBD , specifically Crohn's disease ( 1 , 2 ).
It isn't completely clear how the long term use of certain antibiotics can increase the risk for Crohn's disease but it may be due to the imbalance of gut bacteria that it can cause. Our guts have a host of bacteria that are present normally. These "healthy bacteria" support functions from digestion to immune response in the GI tract. Unfortunately when we bombard the body with antibiotics they don't differentiate between what bacteria they are killing and often wipe out the good along with the bad. Especially when the antibiotics are used for a long time period.
This is not to say that antibiotics are harmful in and of themselves. They have provided a cure to infections that have been deadly in the past....
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