• Statistics

    • Digestive disorders cost $18 billion (2000) annually in health care costs and lost productivity
    • Each year nearly 30,000 Canadian's die of diseases of the digestive system
    • Digestive disorders account for 10% of all hospitalizations
    • Hospitalization costs for treating severe diarrhea amounted to $71 million in 2005
    • Digestive disease steals about 28,000 years from Canadians' lives
    • Canada has the highest incidence of gastrointestinal ulcers in the world and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in the world
    • Over the last decade the prevalence of Canadians with a medically diagnosed bowel disorder has doubled
    • Next to lung cancer, digestive cancers kill more Canadians than any other type of cancer. One out of every five new cancer cases in 2009 will involve the digestive tract. Colon cancer has the 2nd highest death rate of all cancers in Canada.
    • 10 million Canadians have H. pylori infection with approximately 75% of the people in First Nation communities being infected
    • 5 million Canadians experience heartburn at least one time per week. The lost productivity from those who suffer each year amounts to $2.1 billion.

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health