According to a survey of more than 50,000 people, approximately 11% of the global population (13% of women and 9% of men) often suffer from abdominal pain when eating. The research was first published today at UEG Week Virtual 2021.
Studies have found that eating-related pain appears to be the most common among young people aged 18 to 28, and 15% of them are affected.
Those who often experience abdominal pain from eating are also more likely to experience symptoms such as bloating, swollen belly, feeling full or too fast after eating, constipation, and diarrhea. The same group also had more serious psychological distress and physical symptoms (not gastrointestinal symptoms).
A total of 36% of people reported feeling anxious about meal-related pain, compared to 25% in the incident symptom group and 18% of people who had never experienced meal-related pain. Those who had frequent episodes also reported a higher rate of depression (35%), compared with 24% in the group with occasional symptoms and 17% in the group who had never experienced meal-related pain.
According to the Rome Foundation Global Epidemiology Research, the survey results are the result of an online survey of 54,127 people in 26 countries/regions. Interviewees were asked if they had abdominal pain and whether it was related to eating. They were divided into three groups: those who said their abdominal pain was meal-related more than 50% of the time, those who occasionally had meal-related pain 10% to 40% of the time, and those who had eaten little or never People with meals-related pain.
Esther Colomier, research author and joint PhD. Researchers from the University of Leuven in Belgium and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden explained, “The main message of this study is that people who experience meal-related abdominal pain have other gastrointestinal symptoms more frequently and meet the diagnosis of the following diseases more often Standard. Gut-brain interaction (DGBI, formerly known as functional bowel disease), includes common conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (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 pain and interruptions in daily life,” she added.
30% of patients who reported frequent meal-related pain experienced lower gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea, while 20% reported occasional symptoms, and 10% reported no symptoms in all groups. The same applies to abdominal distension and bloating symptoms. In the frequent meal pain group, the frequency is reported once a week, while the occasional pain group is 2 or 3 days a month, and in the group it is 1 day a month. Who has no symptoms.
Esther Colomier concluded: “The consideration of meal-related symptoms in future DGBI diagnostic criteria should be encouraged. In clinical practice, evaluating the meal-relatedness of all patients with DGBI may be important for improving and personalized treatment. Here, patients can benefit. Based on multidisciplinary care methods, including diet and lifestyle advice, psychological support and medication.
Professor Ami Sperber, lead author of the 2021 Global Functional Gastrointestinal Disease (FGID) Epidemiology Study2, The study found that 40% of people worldwide suffer from FGID or intestinal/brain axis disorders. She said Ms. Colomier’s findings are very interesting.
“Many patients with bowel-brain interaction (DGBI) disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia, attribute their symptoms to food and diet,” Professor Sperber explained. “A major complaint is the development of pain after meals. However, there are no substantive data on this phenomenon, although it has potential implications for patient care and the study of the pathophysiology of these diseases.”
“This study is the first to use a large database of the Rome Foundation Global Epidemiology Research to gain insight into meal-related abdominal pain and its importance. The author’s analysis of this database has allowed the evaluation of meal-related pain in more than 20 DGBIs in the diagnosis And the potential associations with sociodemographic factors, psychosocial variables, and other variables related to variables.”
“This allows Esther Colomier and her team to fully understand the abdominal pain associated with meals, its prevalence, social burden and its impact on the quality of life of patients with these very common diseases.”
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The global prevalence of diet-related pain and its correlation with gut-brain interaction disorders will be introduced on UEG Virtual Week 2021, www.ueg.eu/week/
Provided by the European Federation of Gastroenterology
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