Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) which causes inflammation in your digestive system - this can result in abdominal pain, diarrhea and even malnutrition [1].

Though the symptoms of crohn's disease can vary from person to person and the cause is currently unknown, there are some signs and potential risk factors that are important to know more about.

See also: What is C-Reactive Protein (CRP)?


Crohn’s disease symptoms


While the symptoms of crohn’s disease can vary from severe to quite mild, it’s common for people with crohn’s disease to go through periods where they experience little to no symptoms at all [2].

Some of the most common signs may include:

Diarrhea
Abdominal pain
Blood in your stool
Weight loss
Fatigue

See also: What Does High CRP Mean?


Crohn’s disease causes


When it comes to crohn’s disease, the exact cause is currently unknown. That said, there are some factors that are associated with the disease [3], these include:

Family history
Smoking
Immune system issues
Abnormal balance of gut bacteria

See also: Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Foods to Help Inflammation


C-reactive protein (CRP), is one of the most sensitive acute-phase markers of inflammation. And, although they are non-specific, high levels may indicate an underlying inflammatory disease. You can check your CRP levels with your doctor or from home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s at-home CRP Test can identify inflammation in the body and can help in indicating your risk of degenerative disorders. Online results will be available within 2-5 days and our medical team will be available to answer any questions you may throughout the process.



References

  1. Mayo Clinic. Crohn’s Disease. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  2. Mayo Clinic. Crohn’s Disease. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019
  3. NHS. Crohn’s Disease. Online: Nhs.uk, 2018