Question: How long can you live with inflammatory bowel disease?

RESULTS: Life expectancy in patients with IBD increased between 1996 and 2011 (females: from 75.5 to 78.4 yr, difference: 2.9 yr [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.3 to 4.5]; males: from 72.2 to 75.5 yr, difference: 3.2 yr [95% CI 2.1 to 4.4]).

Does IBD shorten your life?

But people with IBD had consistently shorter life expectancy than others, the study found. Women with IBD can expect to live 6.6 to 8.1 years less than those without IBD, while men with IBD live 5 to 6.1 years less than those without IBD, the researchers said.

Can inflammatory bowel disease cause death?

Overall, the IBDs are not generally fatal conditions, but they are serious diseases. While death from IBD is uncommon, it is still important to seek treatment and develop an overall healthy lifestyle.

Does inflammatory bowel disease get worse over time?

Ulcerative colitis symptoms often get worse over time. In the beginning, you may notice: Diarrhea or urgent bowel movements.

What is the mortality rate of Crohn disease?

The annual mortality rate in Crohns disease was 1.6% compared with 1.0% in age, sex, and practice matched controls. After adjusting for age, sex, and cigarette smoking, it appeared that the risk of death was 73% higher in Crohns disease patients than in controls.

Can inflammatory bowel disease be cured?

No, IBD cannot be cured. There will be periods of remission when the disease is not active. Medicines can reduce inflammation and increase the number and length of periods of remission, but there is no cure.

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