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World Digestive Health Day 2017

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[World Digestive Health Day 2017]

 

Since 1005, World Gastroenterology Organization (WGO) will celebrate World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) formally marked on 29th May. This year, WGO wants to raise awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) with the theme of “Navigating Evolving Therapies in an Evolving Disease”.

 

What is IBD?

This disease involves chronic inflammation of all or part or the digestive tract. It includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ulcerative colitis causes long-lasting inflammation and sores in the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum. Crohn’s disease is the inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract. This inflammation often spreads deep into the affected tissues and it can involve the large intestine, small intestine or both.

 

Symptoms of IBD?

  1. Diarrhea, which is common for IBD patients.
  2. Low grade fever and patient will feel tired and have low energy.
  3. Abdominal pain and cramping.
  4. Blood in the stool.
  5. Reduced appetite.
  6. Lose weight and become malnourished because patient cannot properly absorb food.

 

Visit the doctor if there is persistent change in bowel habits or if have any signs and symptoms of IBD. This disease usually isn’t fatal, but in some cases, it may cause life-threatening complications.

 

Adapted from:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/inflammatory-bowel-disease/basics/definition/con-20034908

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