Crohn's, Gen Z, and Social Media


Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the digestive tract that can cause damage to the intestinal lining. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. People with a family history of Crohn’s are more likely to develop the condition. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, your physician may conduct blood and stool tests, X-rays or CT scans, or other tests to examine your digestive tract and diagnose the condition.  

Social media has become an essential tool for young people living with Crohn’s disease to connect with others and share information and support. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation shares videos on TikTok with tips to manage the condition. 
Social media, specifically TikTok, can be a powerful tool for raising awareness about Crohn’s disease and its impact on young people’s lives. By sharing their stories and calling for better resources, they can help raise awareness and support for change. 

Living with Crohn’s can be challenging, but there are ways to improve your quality of life:
•    Educate yourself. Learn as much as you can about Crohn’s, symptoms and treatment options, so you can make informed healthcare decisions
•    Stay active. Regular exercise can help improve overall health and reduce stress
•    Manage stress levels. Stress can trigger Crohn’s symptoms. Find what methods help you manage stress
•    Seek support. Living with Crohn’s may trigger feelings of isolation, but you are not alone. Seek help from family, friends, or a support group

 Dr. John S. Park, Gastroenterology, can help you manage Crohn’s. Call (330) 926-3313 for more information or to make an appointment.