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Crohn's Disease

Let's Talk About Crohn's Disease

We've got the doctor-approved scoop on causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with Crohn's easier.

    Our Pro PanelCrohn's Disease

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts on Crohn's to bring you the most up-to-date information possible:

    Jami Kinnucan, M.D.

    Jami Kinnucan, M.D.Gastroenterologist, IBD Specialist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine

    University of Michigan School of Medicine
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Neilanjan Nandi

    Neilanjan Nandi, M.D.Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Drexel University School of Medicine
    Philadelphia
    Frank I. Scott, M.D.

    Frank I. Scott, M.D.Gastroenterologist, IBD Specialist, and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology

    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Aurora, CO
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    Frequently Asked QuestionsCrohn's Disease

    At what age does Crohn’s typically occur?

    Crohn’s can occur anytime in life, but most commonly develops between the ages of 15 and 30. Children can be diagnosed with it as well, and experts also see a spike in Crohn’s in people in their 50s and 60s.

    Can I prevent a Crohn’s flare?

    Not completely, but here’s what helps: Always take your prescriptions as directed—skipping meds will increase the likelihood of a flare. Stop smoking (a major trigger) if you do, eat a well-balanced diet, and minimize stress. Finally, exercise and try mind-body techniques like meditation, deep breathing, and yoga to keep stress under control.

    Will I be able to have children if I have Crohn’s?

    Yes, but it’s important to work closely with your gastroenterologist during conception and pregnancy. The best time to conceive is when your illness has been in remission for at least three to six months. For women, conceiving during a flare increases the risk of complications like miscarriage and prematurity, and the disease is more likely to remain active during pregnancy. Men with Crohn’s also tend to have decreased sperm counts during flares. And both women and men should refrain from taking certain Crohn’s medications, as well as starting new ones, in the months leading up to conception and during the pregnancy.

    Can you die from Crohn’s disease?

    Crohn’s itself is not fatal and there is no evidence that it shortens a person’s lifespan. It can cause serious, life-threatening complications, however, such as a perforated colon. People with IBD, which includes Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, are also at increased risk of colorectal cancer.

    Stephanie Wood

    Stephanie Wood

    Stephanie Wood is a award-winning freelance writer and former magazine editor specializing in health, nutrition, wellness, and parenting.