According to experts, Crohns disease is developed through a combination of these risk factors: family history, immune system disorders and environmental factors.
Experts explained that Crohns disease is classified as an autoimmune disorder a condition in which the bodys defense mechanism against harmful microbes or human pathogens has gone awry and begins to attack the body and organs. It is to be noted that there are microorganisms that are helpful in certain processes like digestion. Ideally, the immune system needs to leave it alone. But with Crohns disease, an autoimmune condition, the immune system will attack the friendly bacteria as well as surrounding cells.
The immune systems improper reaction is what causes the inflammation. Attacking the friendly bacteria and the organs and cells, this inflammatory response will not cease any time soon. In the case of Crohns disease, this chronic adverse reaction will result in ulcers or damage to the intestines.
Family history also contributes to the development of Crohns disease. People who have parents or siblings with inflammatory bowel disorders like Crohns disease are susceptible to developing the condition. Around 10 percent to 20 percent of individuals diagnosed with the disease have at least one family member who has the condition. In addition, Caucasians and people of Jewish descent are more likely to get Crohns disease.
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