Leuven, Belgium According to a study of more than 50,000 people, 11% of the global population often experience abdominal pain when eating. Pain while eating is most common among young people between 18 and 28 years of age. Those who have experienced it are more prone to bloating, swollen stomachs, feeling too full after meals, or constipation or diarrhea.
According to the Rome Foundation Global Epidemiology Research, data show that 36% of stomach pain patients become anxious and distressed, compared with 18% of those who have never experienced meal-related pain. Those who often suffer from pain episodes also report higher rates of depression.
The results of the survey come from an online study of 54,127 people in 26 countries. Participants reported whether they had experienced abdominal pain while eating. The team divided those who answered “yes” into three groups: those who experienced meal-related pain more than half of the time, those who occasionally experienced meal-related pain, and those who had little or never experienced pain during or after eating.
“The main message of this study is that people who experience diet-related abdominal pain have other gastrointestinal symptoms more frequently, and more often meet the criteria for gut-brain interaction disorder-DGBI, formerly known as functional gut. Diseases-including common irritable bowel syndrome and other diseases [IBS], Bloating and bloating. They also have a higher burden of psychological and physical symptoms, such as back pain or shortness of breath, which are related to severe pain and functional problems. These symptoms can cause distress and disturbance to daily life,” said study author and PhD student Esther Colomie. The KU Leuven researcher said in a statement to SWNS.
People with painful eating experience more complications
Studies have found that 30% of people who report pain associated with frequent meals will experience symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea. This is 10% higher than those who occasionally feel unwell after eating. Those who often feel pain while eating reported that they felt bloating and IBS symptoms once a week, while the asymptomatic group reported once a month.
“It should be encouraged to consider diet-related symptoms in future DGBI diagnostic criteria. In clinical practice, evaluating the dietary associations of all DGBI patients may be important for improving and personalized treatment. Here, patients can benefit from multidisciplinary care approaches. Benefits include diet and lifestyle advice, psychological support and medication,” Dr. Colomier added.
Is eating pain a brain problem?
“Many patients with bowel-brain interaction disorders (such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia) attribute their symptoms to food and diet. A major complaint is the development of pain after meals. However, despite This phenomenon has potential implications for patient care and the study of the pathophysiology of these diseases, but there are no substantive data on this phenomenon,” said Professor Ami Sperber, who led the global functional gastrointestinal disease epidemiology study in 2021.
“This study is the first to use a large database of the Rome Foundation Global Epidemiology Research to gain insights into diet-related abdominal pain and its significance. The author’s analysis of this database enables the diagnosis and analysis of sociodemographic factors, psychosocial variables, and other Variable-related variables are evaluated in terms of potential associations with diet-related pain in more than 20 DGBIs. This allows Esther Colomie and her team to fully understand the abdominal pain associated with meals, its prevalence, social burden, and its impact on people suffering from these diseases. The impact of a very common disease on the quality of life of patients,” Professor Sperber concluded.
The team presented their findings at the European Union Gastroenterology (UEG) virtual conference.
Southwest News Agency writer Georgia Lambert contributed to this report.