World IBD Day 2017

Today is world IBD day and as our products are primarily used to help people with stomach related illnesses we thought we'd share with you a bit more about world IBD day and how you can get involved to raise awareness.

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

What is IBD?

IBD stands for inflammatory bowel disease which is the umbrella term used to describe ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. They are both long-term conditions that can affect anyone of any age but it's most common between the ages of 15 and 40. The symptoms of IBD include cramps, swelling of the stomach, recurring diarrhoea, weight loss and extreme fatigue. The symptoms come and go but unfortunately there is no current cure. 

Treatments that aim to relieve symptoms include: immunouppressants to reduce activity of the immune system, antibiotics and mesalazines. 1 in 5 people with ulcerative colitis have severe symptoms that mean they have to have inflamed sections of their colon removed and around 60-75% of sufferers have to have surgery at some point in their life.

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

Image: https://worldibdday.org/

World IBD Day is so important to us as it helps to raise awareness of the disease. You can find out more information about the amazing work that's happening right now and how you can get involved over on the World IBD Day Website.