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4 Jul

Rise in number of young Crohn’s Disease sufferers

A recent study has revealed that the number of people suffering from Crohn’s disease has radically increased in the last decade, with the eating of high amounts of junk food though to be one of the key contributors.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract; sufferers can experience a host of symptoms including abdominal pain, bleeding, diarrhoea and lethargy. According to data obtained by the BBC from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 19,405 people spent time in hospital being treated for Crohn’s disease during 2012/2013, a significant rise from the 4,937 which were recorded in 2012/2013.

A recent study has revealed that the number of people suffering from Crohn’s disease has radically increased in the last decade

A recent study has revealed that the number of people suffering from Crohn’s disease has radically increased in the last decade

When speaking about the considerable rise, Dr Sally Mitton, a gastroenterologist at London’s St George’s Hospital, said that the rise could be linked to the amount of junk food as those who eat more are far more likely to develop the condition. She also stated that people are also likely to develop the condition if they are taking a large amount of antibiotics – particularly from a young age.

It news which is sure to interest those looking forward to their holidays, especially as it could result in them booking appropriate emergency medical travel insurance cover to protect them from the condition.

Doctors unsure on link

Despite the suggestion that the excess intake of fatty foods leads to an increased chance of developing Crohn’s disease, the reason behind this is still unconfirmed. The only theory is that it increases the chance of development in those who are likely to suffer from it in life, as it is known that people with certain genes will have a higher chance of developing Crohn’s Disease.

If you recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s but still want to enjoy a holiday with complete peace of mind, Avanti offer an unrivalled cover of single and annual multi trip travel insurance policies.

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