Rise in IBD among young kids ‘baffling’ experts. What’s behind the surge? – GLOBAL

June 6, 2023

Canada has one of the highest rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the world, and that number is likely to dramatically increase in the next decade, especially among children, according to a recent report.

The 2023 report, released June 1 by Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, found a surge of new cases of IBD among children under the age of six over the past five years, warning the disease can lead to growth stunting, delay of puberty and deficits in bone development.

IBD, which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It can lead to debilitating symptoms such as diarrhea, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss and potentially life-threatening complications, according to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9746018/inflammatory-bowel-disease-children-canada/

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