Researchers believe the prevalence of Crohn’s disease is increasing. According to a recent study, there were about 6.8 million cases of inflammatory bowel disease (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) across the globe in 2017. Generally, the worldwide estimate of inflammatory bowel diseases ranges from 5 to 10 million people.
Who is Most Likely to Get Crohn’s Disease?
While anyone can get Crohn’s disease, the chronic health condition is most common in people of Caucasian (white) descent. People with a family history of Crohn’s disease and people who live in urban areas may also be more likely to get Crohn’s disease. Men and women appear to be affected equally.
What Percentage of the Population Has Crohn’s Disease?
According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.3 percent (3.1 million) adults in the United States are currently living with inflammatory bowel disease. Of these, an estimated 780,000 people have Crohn’s disease. These figures may not include teens and children younger than 18 who are also living with the condition.