GASTROENTEROLOGY NERD ALERT!
GASTROENTEROLOGY NERD ALERT:
AUTOIMMUNE & ALLERGIC DISEASES INCREASE THE RISK FOR
IBS & FUNCTIONAL DYSPEPSIA
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the frustrating and challenging condition that affects 15% of the U.S. population causing chronic abdominal pain (usually in the lower abdomen) and altered bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation, or going alternating between these extremes). Functional dyspepsia (FD) is the second most common of the functional GI disorders and it affects the upper GI tract causing nausea, bloating, and upper abdominal pain. There are many potential causes for these functional conditions and the findings of this study suggest additional possible contributing factors – an autoimmune (where an individual’s own immune system attacks their own body) or an allergic pathway.
Check out the link discussing a fascinating article in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics about the higher rate of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional dyspepsia (FD) in the Australian population diagnosed with certain autoimmune and allergic conditions, like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, food allergies. The increased risk appeared to be separate from psychological distress. This distinct association is important to clarify, as we know that 1) stress and anxiety can increase the likelihood of IBS and FD and 2) chronic autoimmune and allergic conditions can increase stress and anxiety.
“This suggests that different peripheral pathways may be involved in the pathogenesis of certain FGIDs (functional gastrointestinal disorders),” wrote Nicholas J. Talley, MD, PhD, of the University of Newcastle in Callaghan, New South Wales.
This is intriguing information because the more we learn about potential CAUSES of IBS and FD, the more we can learn about potential TREATMENTS.
Whether you have IBS or functional dyspepsia, the team at Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health can help! Our providers are well versed in all of the latest treatment options for IBS, FD, and other functional GI conditions. Treatment options include nutritional interventions, optimizing the mind-connection with gut directed hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, and utilizing the huge variety of potentially beneficial supplements and medications. One size does not fit all – you need to have an individualized treatment plan.
We are eager to help IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE and have you THINK LESS ABOUT YOUR GUT. Call 224.407.4400 or visit compgihealth.com to schedule a consultation.