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Reducing Your Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Main Page Risk Factors Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Screening Reducing Your Risk Talking to Your Doctor Living With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Resource Guide
Because the cause of inflammatory bowel disease is unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.
But, some evidence does suggest that eating a diet high in fiber and fruits may lower your risk of Crohn disease. And a diet high in vegetables may lower your risk of ulcerative colitis.
As our understanding of the disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

References

Crohn disease in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/crohn-disease-in-adults. Updated May 16, 2018. Accessed December 21, 2018.
Ulcerative colitis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/ulcerative-colitis-in-adults. Updated October 26, 2018. Accessed December 21, 2018.
6/17/2011 DynaMed Systematic Literature Surveillance https://www.dynamed.com/condition/crohn-disease-in-adults: Hou JK, Abraham B, et al. Dietary intake and risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review of the literature. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011;106(4):563-573.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review BoardDaus Mahnke, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2018
  • Update Date: 10/24/2020