Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Genetics
There is a huge correlation between our individual genetics and our risk for inflammatory bowel disease. It can run in families from generation to generation. Your genes can tell a lot about your risk and help devise a treatment plan. The main factor is to be aware of your family history. My mother had ulcerative colitis. She had a total colectomy after 30+ years of suffering with the disease. Thank God, she is in remission now with no need for an ostomy or residual effects. There are many inflammatory bowel disease patient’s that don’t have a close relative with IBD, however that doesn’t mean that there was no carrier for the genetic predisposition.
I should’ve known that my genetic makeup would include mutations that would make me more susceptible to this type of disease. If I had thought about it, I would have treated my body differently or maybe gotten testing for my genetics and started working with a dr to help avoid that diagnosis. Possibly this would have helped leading up to my diagnosis and maybe, just maybe been able to avoid it or at least minimize the severity.
According to a report by NIH there are actually genes that can differentiate our risk for early onset inflammatory bowel disease as opposed to adult onset. See that article here.
Another great site for this topic is found here. This site is really good for listing the various genes that are affected and the syndromes associated with them. If you have family with any form of inflammatory bowel disease it is definitely worth reading.
I can understand genetics a little but getting into the nitty gritty of our genes is certainly over my head. I am not going to even attempt to explain it but give you resrouces to do your own research and find out your specific risks or mutations.
I do know a lot about the MTHFR gene mutation and I know that I am positive for that mutation. This website has a lot of information about that mutation and has a wealth of information about genetics. If you are at all interested in learning about it, take a look here.
Gathering a lot of information is the best way to get a look at the whole picture. Perspective and prioritizing can be very helpful when trying to figure our a treatment plan or devise a way to try to avoid or minimize a diagnosis.