People suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, specifically Crohns and Colitis, demonstrated to be at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Analyzing data from over 150,000 people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) demonstrated between a 10% and 25% increase in heart attack and stroke risk. Surprisingly, women with IBD were more at risk than men.
Knowing this information, IBD sufferers need to be especially sure they are minimizing other risk factors of heart attack and stroke, including maintaining healthy weight, controlling blood pressure, preventing metabolic syndrome and diabetes.
Crohn’s and Colitis: Most Prevalent IBDs
IBD affects over 1.5 million people in the United States; Crohns disease and Colitis are most prevalent. Symptoms of IBD include inflammation in the intestines, diarrhea, bloating, cramping and gas. Symptoms can be managed with a healthy diet, by managing or lowering stress levels, and participating in regular exercise.
Supplementing with probiotics have also demonstrated to be effective in reducing the symptoms associated with several forms of IBD. Probiotics are good bacteria naturally present in the digestive system. In addition to protecting from harmful bacteria, probiotics have also demonstrated to reduce intestinal inflammation. Supplementing with probiotics ensure that good bacteria make up the recommended 85% of bacteria in the digestive system. Probiotics are found in yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables, and high quality probiotic supplements.