Crohn's disease is a chronic condition but not necessarily a life threatening one. Death from a case of Crohn’s disease may not be due to the actual ailment, but could be an aftermath of complications post surgery, negative reaction to medication, or a serious condition like liver disease or toxic mega colon.
Research shows that those suffering from Crohn's disease are more susceptible to death from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or gastrointestinal disorders than others. Smokers with Crohn’s disease too are at a higher risk than regular smokers without this condition. However, there has been a decrease in the number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases among patients suffering from ulcerative colitis. This drop in the death toll has been attributed to the fact that when patients with ulcerative colitis gave up smoking, their risks levels automatically dropped.
Another factor that researchers feel could have contributed to this drop in the figures is the small quantities of sodium and water present in the body, thanks to extensive colitis or ileostomy.
Another study on this topic was conducted in England, and it too threw up some fascinating new information. It was revealed that most people died within the first year of being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome or IBD, but their death was not caused by this disorder. It was also pointed out that seniors, who were diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome at a later age, face a greater threat of dying.
In conclusion, it may be said that even though irritable bowel disease is not a life threatening disorder, prevention is always better than cure.
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