It's not surprising since Crohn's is increasing at an alarming rate, along with many other autoimmune disorders, primarily in industrialized nations(or being diagnosed). There are many theories as to why this is occurring e.g. evolved microbes that contribute to triggering the genetic predisposition, ingredients in the mass produced foods many people eat, the environment's natural response to increasing population density, etc.
Many people have already asked if perhaps it is because of the area in which they live, but the fact is that many people everywhere are being diagnosed.
And while there are those who say 'well, it's just being diagnosed in industrialized countries because that is the only place it is being tested,' but I have yet to hear of reports of mass symptoms of Crohn's or UC or diverticulitis(and so on) as opposed to wide reports of AIDS, Cholera, Dysentery, and so on. People are, in fact, being tested in many of these areas in the clinics that are set up by relief groups. I'm pretty sure you can't mistake Crohn's for AIDS. Just my opinion in any case. It's not like 'backwater' countries are completely void of medical testing.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Prednisone 15 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."