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Risk Factors and Causes of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term for any condition that causes inflammation in your digestive tract, and it includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, among others.

While both are quite common in the U.S. – and apparently on the rise in the U.S. – there are certain causes and risk factors to consider that might be able to help you avoid them. Let’s look at 12 of them…

1. Location

The Mayo Clinic says where you live is a contributor to developing IBD, which may seem surprising to some. More specifically, living in an “industrialized country” such as the U.S. puts you at higher risk, it adds.

However, the reason isn’t due to pollution from factories or being crammed into tight spaces (although those probably don’t help). The source says those living in developed nations are exposed to a diet that’s higher in fat, as well as refined foods. “People living in northern climates also seem to be at greater risk,” it adds.

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