Approximately 3.1 million Americans currently have inflammatory bowel diseases and as many as 70,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

While the pathogenesis of IBD remains unclear, scientific evidence points toward an interaction between genetics, the immune system and environmental risk factors where unidentified environmental factors trigger an inappropriate immune system response to the intestinal tract.

Within genetics specifically, studies have shown 5% of affected individuals to 20% of affected individuals have

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