Stress may be a trigger of bowel disease symptoms the major forms are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis - Reuters (article link)
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23 Apr 2010
- Published: 23 April 2010
Canadian researchers found that among 552 bowel-disease patients they followed for a year, the risk of a symptom flare-up increased when patients were feeling particularly stressed.
- The precise cause of the conditions is unclear, but they are thought to involve an immune system overreaction that injures the body's own intestinal tissue.
- The sympathetic nervous system, which jumps into action during times of stress, acts on the lining of the colon, and might exacerbate existing inflammation.
- There is also evidence that stress hormones may help harmful bacteria take up residence in the intestines, which might, in turn, affect symptoms.
Stress may be a trigger of bowel disease symptoms
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