People with Crohn’s disease will tell you that the disease hijacks their life in a sort of hostile takeover – and that such a life can be miserable. There’s little time or strength left to create and enjoy the life they choose for themselves. There’s a new study, however, with a new finding, and new hope. Scientists at the University of Limerick (UL), Ireland have discovered a direct link between fatty tissue and Crohn’s disease.
Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease. It can attack the gastrointestinal tract anywhere from the mouth to the anus. The condition can be debilitating, including chronic, often severe, abdominal pain, copious diarrhea, malnutrition, and other symptoms. It’s often associated with depression and anxiety destroying quality of life.
The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. Treatment consists of managing the condition. There is no known cure. There are about 200,000 cases per year in the United States.
The new study involved body composition analysis of patients with Crohn’s disease, using equipment hosted on the UL campus, in collaboration with gastroenterology and surgical specialists at University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Read more…