Approximately 5 million people around the world have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
IBD is as common as Type 1 diabetes and epilepsy, and more than twice as common as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
25% to 50% of IBD patients relapse annually.
Children (ages 1 to 16) account for 20% to 25% of the IBD population, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as early as their first year of life.
The peak age of IBD diagnosis is around 25.
For every person diagnosed with IBD there are a host of significant others who are also affected by the emotional toll the disease takes on a family, the economic consequences of lost work time or school, drug therapy that isn't covered, worry and more.
The causes of IBD are unknown however the high rates of disease in Western countries and the emergence of disease in developing countries suggest that urbanization, modernization, or Western diets may be contributing factors.