Ex-smokers more likely to develop inflammatory bowel diseases

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Ex-smokers more likely to develop inflammatory bowel diseases
Mon, 07-30-2012 - 6:40pm

Compared to people who've never smoked, former smokers have a higher risk of developing two inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new study.

After taking into account other risk factors, such as age, weight and hormone therapy use, they determined that smokers were 90 percent more likely to develop Crohn's than women who never smoked and ex-smokers were 35 percent more likely.

The more people smoked, the higher their risk.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_127709.html