Any family history for me is pretty slim, but I hang my hat on that hook nonetheless. I think it is hard to figure this out partly because medical histories in my grandparents' generation (1900-2000 ish) are not really reliable. Even though my paternal grandmother suffered for years with bowel issues she never had a diagnosis of any kind. I have one male 2nd cousin (our grandmothers were sisters) with severe Crohn's. And then there's me, with mildish IBD. All of the boys in our maternal grandmothers' family died young (after immigrating to the US they died between ages of 20 and 40), malnourished and with TB. Certainly that was not unusual for people born in wartorn Eastern Europe but it does kind of fit with a family history of Crohn's. No one else in our family has an IBD diagnosis (although my sister has struggled for a long time with things that are probably IBD).
Along with genetics, being Jewish of European descent is a risk factor.
Another risk factor that hasn't been mentioned is the use of antibiotics to treat acne. Certain of these drugs have been definitively linked to UC.
50 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
generic Colazal (
6 pills/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day),
, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), psyllium (1/2T daily), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11. Colonoscopy found no evidence of inflammation on 8/16/1