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Because the cause of inflammatory bowel disease is unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

But, some evidence does suggest that eating a diet high in fiber and fruits may lower your risk of Crohn's disease. And a diet high in vegetables may lower your risk of ulcerative colitis.

As our understanding of the disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

References:

Crohn disease in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114217/Crohn-disease-in-adults. Updated September 7, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

Ulcerative colits. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114507/Ulcerative-colitis. Updated September 28, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.

6/17/2011 DynaMed Plus Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114217/Crohn-disease-in-adults: Hou JK, Abraham B, El-Serag H. Dietary intake and risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review of the literature. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011;106(4):563-573.



Last reviewed September 2016 by Daus Mahnke, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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