When Len Hardt, 62, was first diagnosed with Crohn's disease as a teen, care options for this and other types of inflammatory bowel disease were limited. In the decades that followed, our digestive diseases team worked together – always offering the latest treatments — to keep Hardt healthy and give him the best quality of life possible.
A new study that concentrates on microbes in the upper gastrointestinal tract shows how the typical calorie-dense western diet can induce expansion of microbes that promote the digestion and absorption of high-fat foods. Over time, the steady presence of these microbes can lead to over-nutrition and obesity.
More children are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease and symptoms can start as early as 18 months old. But once treatment brings inflammation under control, kids can lead a normal life — going to school, playing sports and even eating most of their favorite foods, a UChicago Medicine pediatric gastroenterologist says.