(HealthDay News) -- Inflammatory bowel disease refers to a group of varied disorders affecting the intestines. Symptoms may include pain or bloating in the intestines, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss, bloody stools and loss of appetite.
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While doctors don't know for sure what causes IBD, the U.S. National Women's Health Information Center offers this list of possible contributing factors:
- An overreacting immune system.
- Having a family history of the disease.
- Although foods don't actually cause IBD, some things we eat are thought to make symptoms worse.
- Stress also can't cause IBD, but can aggravate symptoms.
-- Diana Kohnle
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