Why Scientists Put Your Diet Under the Microscope

If it seems like you know a lot more people with a painful digestive disease these days, it’s not just your imagination. Cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have increased dramatically in recent years — and they keep rising. Estimates say that 1.4 million Americans have some form of IBD. These diseases aren’t just “trendy” because … Read More

When Fistula Interferes With Your Life, Get Help

If your bowels and urinary tract are like a plumbing system, a fistula is like an untrained plumber. It connects things that should not be connected. Fistula is a condition in which organs or vessels in your body form abnormal passageways. For example, a connection forms between the anus and vagina or the bladder and … Read More

Your Eyes: A Window to Your Health

The old saying goes that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they can also be a window into your health. Ophthalmologists often see clues in the eyes that warn of health issues elsewhere in your body. “Any ophthalmologist who does routine eye exams can detect these problems,” says ophthalmologist Richard Gans, MD. … Read More

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Swimming a Great Lake for a Great Cause

When Ryan Stevens was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, he was only 36. Eating, itself, was a chore that made him extremely tired with chronic diarrhea. He had been a runner and swimmer, but he soon became lethargic as the disease took hold, and he lost 65 pounds. Surgery changed his life. After Cleveland Clinic surgeons … Read More

Living With Crohn’s Disease

Whether you’ve been battling Crohn’s disease since your 20s or are newly diagnosed in your 60s, there are times when living with this chronic inflammation of the digestive tract may seem overwhelming. Confused as to whether you should tough it out or call your doctor? Gastroenterologist Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, offers some advice. He recommends you … Read More

Crohn’s Research Focuses on Prevention

Most research into Crohn’s disease is focused on treating rather than preventing its symptoms. But the work of Christine McDonald, PhD, a researcher at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute (LRI), is an exception. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder that affects 700,000 individuals in the United States. Inflammation, swelling or irritation may occur … Read More

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Crohn’s and Bones: Avoid Osteoporosis Risk

If you have Crohn’s disease, you are more at risk for low bone mineral density, or osteoporosis. This means your chance of breaking your bones is much greater. The good news is there are ways to prevent this, including simple vitamin and mineral supplements. But first, your doctor needs to determine if these are right … Read More

Colon Cleansing: Is It Safe?

Colon cleansing, also called colonic hydrotherapy and colonic irrigation, is promoted for digestive troubles such as bloating, colitis, constipation and indigestion. It is also touted for completely unrelated problems. These include arthritis, alcoholism, allergies, lethargy, asthma and skin conditions. While this popular complementary treatment offers a great option for some patients with specific problems, I … Read More