E-Course Kids Teens and IBD

I put together a new e-course that is tailored just for young people who have IBD and their parents. Kids are not just little versions of adults, especially when it comes to treating chronic illness.

Kids are being diagnosed with IBD in greater and greater numbers, yet there is still not much research on how to treat them. Even more scant is information about the social challenges that kids, teens, and young adults who have IBD face every day.

In this e-course you will learn more about how IBD is treated in young people, and how they can meet the challenges that IBD poses for them at school and in social situations. Sign up for the e-course here….

Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week Peter Margolis

Crohns and Colitis Awareness Week Peter Margolis

Peter Margolis, MD, PhD, is the Co-Principal Investigator of the C3N Project and Scientific Director of The ImproveCareNow Network. Dr. Margolis is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence. His brother, Jim Margolis, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease as an adolescent. Join them in spreading awareness by visiting and, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

Inflammatory bowel disease linked to processed meat

A growing number of studies are implicating high dietary intake of meat and omega-6 fatty acids as a significant risk factor in the development of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, while also suggesting that higher vitamin D levels may lower the risk.

One study, conducted by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology in 2011, reviewed the results of 19 separate studies conducted on a total of 2,609 IBD patients and 4,000 controls.

The researchers found that people with the highest intake of fruits and dietary fiber were the least likely to develop Crohn’s disease. People most likely to develop the disease were those with the greatest dietary intake of saturated fat, mono and polyunsaturated fat, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and meat. Similarly, ulcerative colitis risk was greatest among those with the highest intake of fat, polyunsaturated fat, omega-6 fatty acids and meat. Higher vegetable consumption reduced the risk.

Learn more: Inflammatory bowel disease linked to processed meat