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Health Tip: Understanding Crohn's Disease

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(HealthDay News) -- Crohn's disease is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Though the exact cause is unknown, both genetic and environmental factors may play a role.

Crohn's disease can develop at any age, with the most common age of diagnosis being in a person's 20s. Most commonly, patients have symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps and weight loss, says MedlinePlus.

To manage Crohn's disease, good nutrition is essential.

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