Diet and Clear-Mindedness Most Affected Psychosocial Needs in IBD Patients, Study Reports

Diet and Clear-Mindedness Most Affected Psychosocial Needs in IBD Patients, Study Reports
Among 10 different psychosocial needs, diet and a lack of clear-mindedness were the ones most patients with inflammatory bowel disease felt were affected by their disease, a study reports. The study, "An Exploratory Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and the Psychosocial Factors Affecting Health-Related Quality of Life," was published in Medical Sciences. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is made up of a group of autoimmune disorders, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, that cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBD incidence has been steadily increasing over the past few years and is now estimated to affect about 1.5 million adults in the U.S. and 2 million in Europe. Although previous studies have shown that IBD has a negative impact on patients' quality of life, no study ever analyzed how IBD affects their psychosocial needs, which are those that related to emotional and mental well-being. "This is an important area to explore due to the chronicity of the illness, its high incidence in a younger population, the often-embarrassing nature of its presentation and the limited public awareness of the disease. These factors combined present daily challenges to sufferers, many of whom are in the critical years of social and professional development," the researchers wrote. In this study, these researchers from the University of the West Indies and their collaborators set out to det
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  1. Marcie says:

    AND I thought I was just going crazy! In the last few years, I’ve felt like I can’t concentrate, feel NO confidence to learn a new job because of the pace expected. With Crohn’s and ADHD I’m really loosing it…..and not slowly.

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