Q: Can you die from Crohn's disease?
A: According to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, death from Crohn's disease is relatively uncommon. Nevertheless, this illness can actually increase your overall mortality rate, as it predisposes you to some other diseases.1 This is why proper management of Crohn's disease and its symptoms is highly important.
Q: Is there a link between Crohn's disease and pregnancy complications?
A: Having an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) does not necessarily affect a woman's ability to conceive, but there are still important considerations to remember.
If you currently have an active IBD, you may find it more difficult to become pregnant. It's also not advisable to become pregnant if your Crohn's disease is active, as it will likely stay active throughout the pregnancy and may increase your risk for premature delivery, having a low birthweight infant and miscarriage. Instead, it's best to become pregnant if your IBD is in remission for at least three to six months.2
Q: Can Crohn's disease cause constipation?
A: Diarrhea is the more common symptom of Crohn's disease, but in some cases it may trigger constipation as well. If the illness manifests in your small intestines (called small bowel Crohn's), then you may experience constipation instead of diarrhea. Cramps and weight loss are other hallmark symptoms of small bowel Crohn's.3
Q: Can Crohn's disease cause cancer?
A: Yes — this is one way Crohn's disease can cause death, albeit indirectly. This ailment may predispose you to cancer, specifically colorectal cancer. An analysis of all published studies found that as many as 18 percent of people with IBD may develop colorectal cancer by the time they have had IBD for 30 years.4
Q: What natural remedies can you use for managing Crohn's disease?
A: There are safer natural methods to treat or alleviate Crohn's disease symptoms. These include slippery elm bark, aloe vera juice, peppermint, chamomile and turmeric. Acupuncture may also have significant benefits for people suffering from this disease. Lifestyle changes may also greatly affect your management of this ailment, such as optimizing your gut microflora by consuming fermented foods or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement, avoiding processed foods and increasing your intake of omega-3s.