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Tyler James Williams Almost Died From Crohn’s Disease When He Was 24. Here’s How The Chronic Illness Affects Young People

Actor Tyler James Williams just won a Golden Globe for his performance as the school teacher Gregory Eddie on the hit show Abbott Elementary. What you may not know is that Williams, 30, also has Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease that can cause serious complications that sometimes require surgery to remove some or all of the large intestine.

Williams is not alone. The prevalence of Crohn’s disease has increased worldwide over the past 50 years, affecting over half a million people in the US; it is still considered relatively rare, and the most common symptoms are abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, fatigue, bloating, blood in the stool, and sometimes mouth sores.

For some people with the condition, symptoms can start before the age of 15, although most people are usually diagnosed with Crohn’s disease between the ages of 20 and 30. (About 1 in 4 people with Crohn’s are diagnosed in their childhood or teen years.)

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