What is IBD?

Approximately 1.4 million Americans have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis,1 the 2 most common forms of inflammatory bowel disease.2

Both conditions inflame the lining of the intestine, resulting in symptoms including:

DIARRHEA FEVER

ABDOMINAL CRAMPS AND PAIN RECTAL BLEEDING OR BLOODY STOOLS



IBD is a group of inflammatory conditions of the intestines.

IBD is the general name for diseases that cause swelling in the intestines. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the innermost lining of the large intestine. With Crohn’s disease, the entire thickness of intestinal wall may be involved, but some normal healthy bowel can be found in between sections of diseased bowel.

IBDs can occur in people of all ages.

Although Crohn’s and UC can occur at any age, people are more frequently diagnosed before age 30.1

Both conditions are found mainly in developed countries, more commonly in urban areas, and more often in northern climates.

Studies have found that IBD affects men and women equally. However, men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in their 50s and 60s.1

Did you know?

IBD is found mainly in
developed countries.1

The highest incidence of
Crohn’s is reported in
Canada, while the highest
UC rates are reported in
Denmark, Iceland, and the
United States.1