Because the cause of inflammatory bowel disease is unknown, there are currently no guidelines for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

But, some evidence does suggest that eating a diet high in fiber and fruits may lower your risk of Crohn's disease . And a diet high in vegetables may lower your risk of ulcerative colitis .

As our understanding of the disease grows, your doctor may have more information regarding steps for reducing your risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2013 -
  • Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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