Staying physically fit is a constant struggle for Stephanie Horgan, who,
like millions of Americans with gastrointestinal disorders, has to plan her
diet, her exercise routines, and her entire life around her
"I'm really active now, doing kickboxing, jogging, Spinning at the gym,
and eating whatever I want," says the 26-year-old Chicago resident, who was
diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 18 and had three surgeries within
a year. "But you never know when you're going to have...
About 10% to 20% of people with ulcerative colitis have at least one
close family member with the disease, which shows that genetics may be one of the risk factors of ulcerative colitis.1
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
October 7, 2010
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October 07, 2010
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