Crohn's Disease Essay

explanatory Essay
1687 words
1687 words

Crohn's disease is a autoimmune disorder, causing the body's immune system to begin to attack healthy cells in your gastrointestinal tract causing inflammation and having an effect on all layers of the intestinal wall. [1] Crohn's disease commonly effects the small intestine causing sores, skin tags and ulcers to grow. The amount of youth and children that have been diagnosed by Crohn's disease is increasing dramatically becoming one of the most frequent genetic Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) to occur with more than 61,000 Australians ages between 15 and 30 years suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's [2] and this is why it is a significant health issue for Australia youth and it is effecting individuals health and human development.

Crohn's disease can be diagnosed at any age but most likely between 15 to 40 years of age and is more common in females then males. Each year there is around 776 new cases of people being diagnosed with Crohn’s. Research suggests that the prevalence will increase by 20% for Crohn’s disease by 2020. The burden of disability for youth living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis is comparable to living with rheumatoid arthritis, severe asthma, or the amputation of an arm. Disability due to Crohn's is more severe than living with Type 1 diabetes or epilepsy. And in any year Crohn's is more prevalent then epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and schizophrenia. [3] Crohn's disease is a genetic disorder that does not pacifically effect a certain population of youth.

Youth who suffer from Crohn's disease find completing activities such as daily chores, exercise and incidental physical activity like walking to and from school without feeling exhausted o...

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...isease survey I surveyed 10 individuals males and females aged 14-50+ about their understanding of Crohn's disease, it was evident that just over half knew what the disease is and all 10 individuals were aware of the symptoms. This shows that their is a good understanding that people of all ages have even though Crohn's isn't a well known disease but their defiantly can be more people that should know about it as it is an expanding disease. 8 out of 10 people know someone that has been diagnosed with Crohn's disease and this may be a reflection of why so many people in the survey knew about it. 9 out of 10 people are interested in gaining more information about the disease as they see it to be important. This means that their should be more people advocating and making awareness of Crohn's disease for all the people who are interested in expanding their knowledge.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that crohn's disease affects the small intestine, causing sores, skin tags, and ulcers to grow. it is one of the most frequent genetic inflammatory bowel diseases in australia.
  • Explains that crohn's disease can be diagnosed at any age but is more common in females than males. the burden of disability is comparable to rheumatoid arthritis, severe asthma, or the amputation of an arm.
  • Explains that youth who suffer from crohn's disease find completing activities such as daily chores, exercise and incidental physical activity a struggle because they may have low energy levels due to not receiving the correct nutrition.
  • Opines that when feeling ill and unwell, it is hard for youth and children to get motivated to socialise with friends and attend school, childcare, daycare etc. this affects their social interactions and their quality with others.
  • Explains that a person's relationship and interactions with family members may decrease due to loosing support from them because of the stresses of supporting their child or sibling.
  • Explains that crohn's disease affects youths' mental health, causing them to struggle to cope with normal stresses of life.
  • Explains that crohn's disease has a significant impact on all four dimensions of human development, including growth, nutrition, and pubertal development.
  • Explains that social development in youth is very important, developing communication skills, relationships, performing appropriate behaviours, and strengthening values and beliefs are important for everyday life.
  • Explains that it is important to learn how to be independent when suffering from a disease, remembering to take medication regularly, be familiar with the doses, make sure it doesn't run out, and attend regular visits.
  • Opines that it is important to learn to take note of how their body functions normally and know when symptoms occur that means the disease is getting worse, so that changes in treatment can help improve their health.
  • Explains that being diagnosed with a disease at an early age can be emotionally draining. learning and developing new ways to cope with new emotions is important.
  • Explains that biological, behavioural, and social environmental determinants influence the health and individual development of youth suffering from crohn's disease.
  • Opines that when youth and children's health is at risk by disease, it is important that appropriate choices are made in order to keep individuals health stable.
  • Opines that the bond with the individual's family (social environment) is very important, as it lets the individual open up and have someone to rely on when times get tough.
  • Opines that having access to education is very important, as it gives all youth a chance to develop skills and knowledge for later on in life.
  • Explains that crohn's and colitis australia is the national body representing more than 75,000 australians living with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Explains that crohn's and colitis australia advocates for world-best treatments and health services for those living with the disease. they rely on volunteers, donors, and community fundraising to continue their work.
  • Explains that teen adventure camp helps youth who are effected by crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. they believe that adolescence is hard enough without having to manage the challenges that come with it.
  • Analyzes the results of the crohn's disease survey, which shows that people of all ages have a good understanding of it. 8 out of 10 people know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease.

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