May 19th is a significant day on the global health calendar as it marks World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day, a vital initiative aimed at raising awareness about IBD, including conditions such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These diseases can have a profound impact on individuals’ lives, affecting their quality of life and requiring ongoing management and support.

Understanding IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a complex condition, and it is crucial to emphasize the significance of prediction and prevention in managing this health challenge. IBD can affect individuals of all ages, with a higher incidence among young adults. Furthermore, managing IBD goes beyond treating the symptoms; it involves efforts to identify new mechanisms that can prevent or halt the transition from a healthy state to intestinal inflammation.

Tips to prevent IBD and to have a healthier life while coping with IBD

  1. Avoid tobacco: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease.
  1. Eat a healthy diet: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help reduce inflammation and support digestive health.
  1. Exercise regularly: Regular exercise has been linked to an increased quality of life and it is encouraged in people suffering from IBD, as long there is no specific medical contra-indication.
  2. Manage stress: Stress and anxiety can trigger IBD flare-ups. Exercise and meditation can be helpful for managing stress.

IBD Has No Age: A Call to Action

Today, on World IBD Day 2023, the GlycanTrigger EU Project joins forces with the European Federation of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis Associations (EFCCA) to draw attention to a critical aspect of IBD – its impact on individuals aged 60 years and over. Delve into a comprehensive survey on this subject, featuring questions regarding both the quality of care and the quality of life, accessible here.