Crohn's & Colitis Awareness

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Two of the most common digestive diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. According to the latest figures, IBD affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. In fact, there are more than 70,000 new cases of IBD in the United States each year. Like all inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), Crohn’s and colitis inflame the intestines or digestive tract, likely due to the body’s immune reaction against its own intestinal tissue. This inflammation causes problems with digestion, nutrition, and the elimination of waste from the body. At the Center for Digestive Health, our doctors and staff believe it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of and prevention tips for these diseases. Every year from December 1 through December 7, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) sponsors the Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week.

Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week Dec. 1-7

During the week of Dec. 1-7 each year, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, as well as other organizations and digestive disease medical professionals, work to provide education to reveal the many challenges that people who suffer from these diseases face as part of the Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are sometimes called the “invisible diseases” because symptoms might not be evident to others and therefore support is often lacking. During this month, the Foundation and others post stories and information to social media using the hashtags #myIBD and #IBDVisible. We understand that though these are life-long diseases, those affected are able to manage their symptoms with proper medical attention and healthy living tips. At the Center for Digestive Health, we work to provide that treatment and help our patients improve their overall health.

What Is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory condition with no known cause and impacts the gastroesophageal (GI) tract. Persons with Crohn’s may have inflammation in different areas of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s disease can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. There is no known cure but symptoms can be managed with individualized treatment.

What Is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is also an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) but the condition is contained in the colon or large intestine. The inflammation in the lining causes tiny open sores or ulcers which can cause serious and ongoing cramping, weight loss, and discomfort.

Get Involved Helping Others

If you’ve been affected yourself or if a loved one has been affected with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, consider getting involved to help. You can make a difference through fundraising or volunteering your time or skills including these initiatives:

  • 2019 Savannah Take Steps Walk & Fall Festival - Center for Digestive & Liver Health joins in this fundraising effort each year to raise money for research, and support for the fight against digestive diseases.
  • Get Involved - find ways, small and big, to make a difference for those with IBDs.
  • Fundraising - there are many ways you can help raise funds for a cure.
  • Political Action Center - support government funding and research initiatives in Congress.

Contact Center For Digestive Health

For persons in the Savannah area who are suffering from the symptoms of Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, the Center for Digestive & Liver Health is here to help. Our doctors, clinicians, and staff are highly-qualified and experienced to treat your symptoms and improve your life - both physically and emotionally. It’s important to contact us right away if you or someone you love believes you may have one of these debilitating diseases. Contact us at one of our three office locations in Savannah, Pooler and Hardeeville and let us develop an individualized treatment plan for you.