Since Crohns disease began being diagnosed, everyone has been asking the same question: what exactly is the cause of Crohns disease? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is still unknown today. Scientists, doctors and researchers are busy studying Crohns diseases symptoms, causes, and treatments.
While some generalizations can be made about the cause of Crohns diseases, single causes can not be pointed out; there are only some generalizations about the likelihood that a certain person will have or will develop Crohns disease. There is no way to really know, at this point, the one true cause.
Crohns disease is known to be hereditary at least to a certain degree. While a mother or father with Crohns disease is in no way guaranteed to pass the disease on to their children, there is an increased chance for the child. While most relationships between two people in a family that both have Crohns disease are not parent-child relationships, there is often a familial relation.
Very often people with Crohns disease can tell their doctor of at least one person in their family who also suffers from the disease, whereas most Americans can not tell their doctors of a single person in their family who has the disease. Although the cause of Crohns disease itself is not known, it is widely accepted that there is a partially hereditary component to developing the disease. Approximately 25% of people in the US with Crohns disease can name someone else in their family who also has Crohns, this is statistically significant since there are only between 500 and 600 thousand people with Crohns in the entire US.
There are also a few demographic factors that affect the likelihood of Crohns disease being present. There are certain ethnic patterns of the disease targeting some ethnic groups. In addition, everyone in the Western world is more likely to get Crohns disease than the people in the rest of the world. Doctors and researchers are still trying to find out if this is based on diet or on some sort of environmental trigger causing Crohns disease to develop.
Although the underlying causes can not be very well defined at this point, if youve recently been diagnosed with Crohns disease suffice it to say that you should find out if anyone else has Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis in your family. More likely than not, in your specific case, the cause of Crohns disease is hereditary.
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