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Most people with Crohn’s disease enjoy healthy, active lives. While there isn’t a cure for Crohn’s disease, treatments and lifestyle changes can keep the disease in remission and prevent complications.

Lifestyle changes can include changes to your diet. People with Crohn’s disease often need to adapt their diets so that they get enough calories each day. Lactose intolerance can also be an issue for those with Crohn’s disease. You may need to avoid certain dairy products if you find that you’re having issues with this dietary intolerance. You should also avoid smoking if you have Crohn’s disease. Smoking can only make your condition worse.

Your healthcare provider might recommend you receive preventative colonoscopies after you’re diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Talk to your provider about how often you should have colonoscopies and what your risks are for other medical conditions.