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    Gas-Related Intestinal Symptoms Affect Nearly All Adults and Are Associated With Psychological Distress



    Summary: Gastrointestinal problems associated with gas symptoms are linked to poor quality of life, higher stress, and increases in anxiety and depression.

    Source: United European Gastroenterology.

    A recent survey conducted by scientists from the Rome Foundation Research Institute in the U.S. in collaboration with Danone Nutricia Research in France reported that gas-related symptoms are associated with poorer quality of life, and higher stress, anxiety and depression, with breaking wind being the most frequently reported gas issue, affecting 81.3 percent of adults in the general population in a 24-hour period.

    Other common gas-related symptoms included stomach rumbling, followed by belching and bad breath. Trapped wind, abdominal distension/swollen tummy and bloating/abdominal pressure also had a noticeable impact, while only 11.1 percent of respondents reported having no gas symptoms. On enquiring the researchers observed that on an average, the study participants had been affected by three different gas symptoms within the previous 24-hour period.

    The results from the study, which surveyed nearly 6,000 people covering the United States, United Kingdom, and Mexico, were based on a representative sample of people aged between 18 to 99 years. They were asked to fill out validated Intestinal Gas Questionnaires (IGQs) via the internet, to measure the presence and severity of seven gas-related symptoms in the last 24 hours. Researchers also collected proper information on body mass index, exercise routine, emotional wellbeing, and quality of life of the subjects in the past seven days.

    The findings from the survey revealed that higher IGQ scores correlated with lower mental health and quality of life scores on the PROMIS Global-10 questionnaire, higher stress, anxiety, and depression, and more non-gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. However, IGQ scores did not match up with weight/BMI and only had a modest negative association with the amount of exercise taken.

    Published: United European Gastroenterology.

    Contact: Professor Olafur Palsson,Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina.

    Details: Image source Unsplash


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