What is IBD?
IBD is the acronym for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a group of autoimmune diseases that includes Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other forms of colitis. Estimates suggest 61,000 Australians have an IBD; approximately 28,000 have Crohn’s Disease and 33,000 have ulcerative colitis, but recent studies suggest these numbers may be even higher. IBDs are chronic and involve sections of the intestine experiencing inflammation. Symptoms usually start fairly early in life. Most cases appearing between the ages of 15 -40 and affect women more often than men.