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Reducing Your Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Because the cause of inflammatory bowel disease is unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.
But, some evidence does suggest that eating a diet high in fiber and fruits may lower your risk of Crohn's disease. And a diet high in vegetables may lower your risk of ulcerative colitis.
As our understanding of the disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.
Crohn's disease in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 17, 2015. Accessed October 1, 2015.
Ulcerative colitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 21, 2015. Accessed October 1, 2015.
6/17/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what: Hou JK, Abraham B, El-Serag H. Dietary intake and risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review of the literature. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011;106(4):563-573.
- Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
- Review Date: 09/2015
- Update Date: 09/17/2014