What do you know about Crohn's disease? You may think it is just a condition that causes indigestion or makes people need to use the bathroom frequently. But did you know that it occurs when the body's immune system sees parts of the digestive tract as a foreign invader and tries to attack it? That's right. Crohn's disease is an autoimmune condition.
We've compiled some other facts about Crohn's you may not know in this blog. The Innovations Stem Cell Center uses fat stem cell therapy to treat those living with Crohn's disease and other autoimmune diseases.
What Is Crohn's Disease?
As we mentioned, Crohn's is an autoimmune disease. When individuals experience flares, they also experience pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, mouth sores, fever, depression and weight loss.
Who Gets Crohn's?
Anyone can get Crohn's. Most individuals are first affected between the ages of 10 to 20 and experience a second peak during their 50s. Men and women are affected by the condition equally. Researchers have found that Crohn's is more common among people living at higher latitudes (northern parts of the world) than those in lower latitudes, and it is more prevalent in individuals with Eastern European heritage.
Facts About Crohn's Disease
• Crohn's disease is not IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Crohn's is a form of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease).
• About 600,000 Americans are living with Crohn's.
• Crohn's can occur anywhere in the digestive tract and has negative consequences for other parts of the body, too, including the skin and eyes.
• Crohn's causes fatigue, anemia and malnutrition.
• Those living with Crohn's disease often experience a disruption in their day-to-day living when their condition flares up.
How Can Stem Cell Therapy Help?
Stem cell therapy from the Innovations Stem Cell Center can help those living with Crohn's disease because it can reduce the inflammation associated with the condition that causes pain and discomfort. Stem cells are also immunomodulators, which means they have the power to "reset" a malfunctioning immune system that targets the digestive tract.
Curious about how stem cell therapy can help your Crohn's disease? Call 214-456-1462 for more information or to schedule a consultation.