Crohn’s disease and Probiotics: Well, over half a million Americans suffer from this affection and more are on their way of encountering it. This shows that there is a problem needing to be solved and scientists have pushed their efforts in finding a cure one step further.
According to several studies, it has been discovered the real cause that triggers Crohn’s disease and even if it is only one wheel in a more elaborate mechanism, whose real functioning is still a mystery, at least now there is a starting point.
It has already been previously known that the main culprit in triggering the digestive problems associated with the Crohn’s disease is the E. coli bacteria, but at the same time, everybody felt like there was a piece missing from the puzzle.
Now a breakthrough has been finally reached and specialists were able to find out that there are 2 more agents involved in the first symptoms of the disease, being actively involved in triggering the mechanism: Serratia marcescens, a type of bacteria, and Candida tropical, which is actually a fungus.
Although this may not seem as important to some as an actual cure would be, it is still a major step in finding one, because once you have discovered what triggers the digestive problems, you can work in preventing and eliminating the cause.
The step that followed logically was to establish the risk group, which is to separate the individuals who are at a higher risk of contracting the digestive problems associated with Crohn’s disease, from those who present a lower likelihood of getting sick.
After several trials, scientists were able to pinpoint the exact categories of people who are at most risk of developing digestive problems, eventually leading to not only Crohn’s disease but other serious affections as well, like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and even stomach cancer in some cases.
They have divided the subjects into two different categories, according to their predisposition of contracting the disease or suffering from digestive problems in the near future.
This category contains all the individuals who have had a history of digestive problems running in the family and who have inherited the predisposition towards becoming victims to the same affections. In this regard, it has been established that those included in this category are more likely to develop digestive problems, among which Crohn’s disease was ranked on the top.
This is a particularly important finding, especially since it disregarded the lifestyle the subjects have adopted. No matter their lifestyle choices, they would have been always at a higher risk of developing digestive problems, than those who had genetics on their side. It is somewhat of an alarming signal, aiming at raising awareness and urging people to seek medical attention whenever they feel like something is wrong.
Although it could seem like an easy to dismiss category, it is actually as important as the first one. And no matter who is to blame, the result is the same: people are contracting digestive problems like Crohn’s, IBS and others and we need to have a cure for them, as well as a well-researched prevention system.
The inappropriate lifestyle habits mainly refer to what people eat. It is as simple as that. But if it is as simple as the scientists make it look like, how exactly does this work and how can one’s eating habits eventually lead to digestive problems, as well as building the breeding ground for Crohn’s disease?
This is where the link between digestive problems and the use of probiotics shows up. Although Crohn’s disease cannot be treated with probiotics, its appearance is somewhat related to probiotic consumption, in the sense that having included some potent probiotic strains into their alimentation could have spared the subject from ever developing digestive problems in the first place.
The risk of contracting digestive problems rises significantly as we pay less attention to what and how we eat. Even though it bears little importance in triggering digestive problems in people who are already genetically predisposed to them, it cannot simply be discarded as unimportant.
The bacterial balance in the guts plays a major role in eliminating the risk factors, as well as preventing the pathogens from replicating.
Even if they cannot completely eliminate the risk of contracting digestive problems, they can sure keep away intruders like Serratia marcescens and Candida tropicalis. That is until the imbalance occurs and the Crohn’s disease, as well as many other digestive problems and affections, has nothing to hold it in place.
Among the factors that could influence the appearance of digestive problems like Crohn’s are generally the poor lifestyle habits, weakening the organism’s immune system, such as smoking, drug consumption, exaggerated alcohol use and inappropriate dietary choices.
These do not trigger the disease within themselves, but promote a weaker organism and support the bacterial imbalance in the gut region, by actively destroying the bacterial cultures.
The bad news is there is no cure for the affection. The good news – there are ways to soften the symptoms. Digestive problems such as Crohn’s disease are hard to deal with, but at least we can work on finding a way to bring down the symptoms and ease the way people deal with them.
In this regard, there are specific drugs designed to ameliorate some of the effects of the affection, such as the chronic inflammation, the pain and the fatigue associated with it.
In the more severe cases, it could be recommended to resort to surgical interventions, to keep the situation under control, which is an important addition to make, since Crohn’s, if left untreated, could lead to colon cancer, osteoporosis, liver affection or anemia.
But there is another way of bringing down the digestive problems associated with the Crohn’s disease and this is where we end up stressing the importance of finding out the engine behind the affection itself.
According to several specialists, probiotics could effectively fight off and destroy the bacteria, as well as any other harmful agent, that is part of the mechanism triggering the digestive problems Crohn’s disease is causing.
Even though there are not potent enough to completely remove them from the system and break down the condition itself, there is high hope that they could eventually lead to the discovery of the drug that will. Until then, probiotics are the most effective line of defense against any type of health affections related to the gut area, as well as all the factors that could trigger them.