Anxiety and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition. Lot of people with IBS also have Anxiety problems.

So it was not known whether anxiety by itself causes the IBS.

A recent study suggests Anxiety and IBS coexist due to genetic abnormalities. Anxiety by itself does not seem to lead to someone developing IBS.

This large U.K. study involving 53,400 cases and 433,201 controls suggests that genes that alter brain–gut interactions may be responsible for IBS.

On the other hand, the overall likelihood of an individual developing IBS due to genes passed down the family seems low.

So with IBS, lot of things about it continue to remain a mystery. How IBS starts and how it progresses is still mostly unknown. Hopefully, future research will clarify things.

BBC News. Anxiety link to irritable bowel syndrome seen in DNA – research
By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

University of Cambridge. Large-scale genetic study reveals new clues for the shared origins of irritable bowel syndrome and mental health disorders

Eijsbouts, C et al. Genome-wide analysis of 53,400 people with irritable bowel syndrome highlights shared genetic pathways with mood and anxiety disorders. Nature Genetics; 5 Nov 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41588-021-00950-8

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