is crohns hereditary

by nicole chambers
(salisbury northcarolina)

Can my children have crohns if their father has it?

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Crohn's and Hereditary NEW
by: Annette

Hello,

Thank you for your question. I can understand your concerns.

The exact cause of Crohn's is unknown but there is much research into investigating and eliminating potential causes and triggers. At one time, diet and stress were considered possible causes but now it is known that they are merely effective triggers. Research indicates a number of other factors though - malfunctioning immune system and sadly, heredity.

It has to be said that this disease is more common in those people who also have family members with the disease and it's possible that one or more genes play a part in making people more susceptible. Research dictates that 1 in 5 of those with Crohn's disease have family members who have the disease also.

It's also possible that a virus of sorts can actually trigger off the disease too. If you consider that your immune system rushes to fight off any invadign germs, those with an abnormal response can cause the immune system to turn on itself and attack cells within the digestive track too.
There are other factors too, age, smoking, and even where you live for example but the single most crucial factor which is avoidable is smoking.

Stress and anxiety can make the condition worse so keeping stress free is important as is making certain lifestyle choices and going with the flow.

I hope that this helps to answer your question and wish you all the best of luck.

If anyone else has Crohn's disease and it affects family members too, please do get in touch and share your story.




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