Study: Short and Long-Term Stress Leads To Gastrointestinal Diseases

 

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The association between stress and various gastrointestinal diseases is being actively investigated and the related studies show both short and long-term stress influence the function of gastrointestinal track. Severe or long-term stress can induce long-term alteration in the stress response (plasticity). Continuous exposure to stress alters the brain-gut interactions and this leads to the development of a broad array of gastrointestinal disorders. These include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflex disease (GERD) and other functional gastrointestinal diseases. Stress effects the gut physiology and it alters the gastrointestinal motility and increase visceral perceptiom. It also increases the intestinal permeability


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