This Western Disease Is Infiltrating Developing Countries
You are what you eat. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has long been considered a North American and Western European ailment, with 1.3 percent of Americans suffering from the digestive malady. But now developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America are seeing more cases of IBD — and doctors aren’t sure what’s causing the shift, but say it could be exposure to new microbes associated with industrialization. Now these countries will have to focus medical infrastructure on the issue, which already costs Europe as much as $6.5 billion annually.