There are many theories regarding what exactly causes Crohn’s disease. However, none of these theories have been proven. It’s still important to try to understand what factors possibly contribute to the case of this hazardous condition.
1. Immune System Problems
Research has linked IBD to immune system problems, and it is very likely that Crohn’s could also develop due to issues with the immune system. When you experience immune system problems, your body has less of a defensive system against diseases. Studies have shown that people affected by Crohn’s disease has immune systems that react to threats in an inappropriate way. The system may be defending the body against helpful agents instead of harmful ones. Or there could be any other number of issues with ways that the immune system reacts to threats in the body.
Research has shown that between 10% and 20% of those who have Crohn’s disease have at least one other relative who shares the disease. Because of this research, scientists have done extensive research regarding the possibility of this condition having genetic roots, and they have successfully identified a gene that is linked to Crohn’s disease.
3. Environmental Factors
Environmental factors could also help to trigger Crohn’s disease into existence. These factors include: cigarette smoke, toxic substances from something you’ve ingested, microbes such as viruses or bacteria, and more. To keep up to date with all of the goings on in my world, follow me at: www.twitter.com/colonista.