Brits urged to have digestive problems checked out

A QUARTER of Britons have digestive problems like constipation that make them uncomfortable – but they’ve simply “learned to live with it” rather than having it checked out.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that 18 percent do not consider the frequency of their bowel movements to be “normal.”

Talk to Fybogel and Guts UK about the tough stuff in a pop-up Cubicle Confessional


Talk to Fybogel and Guts UK about the tough stuff in a pop-up Cubicle Confessional

And nearly a quarter (24 percent) are unsure what to look for when it comes to checking on their number two’s health.

In fact, more than one in ten (13 percent) have not been treated or diagnosed with a digestive symptom because they feel they do not understand enough about their digestive system and how it works.

While 17 percent worry that doctors won’t take them seriously when they try to make an appointment to discuss their problems indigestion.

The research was commissioned by Fybogel ahead of the launch of its Cubicle Confessional touring toilet, which gives the public the opportunity to speak to a gut health expert to help them be more confident in talking about their bowel habits.

The Cubicle Confessional will visit three UK cities with some of the highest rates of constipation hospitalizations – London, Northampton and Liverpool, with expertise from charity Guts UK.

Fybogel’s Marguerite de Durfort said: “We know that for so many, the embarrassment that comes with ‘the poo chat’ can limit our understanding of our digestive system and prevent us from getting the treatment we may need.

“We want to help people in the UK not suffer in silence and work to break the ‘poop taboo’.

“With 55 percent of the public feeling most comfortable talking to a doctor about their bowel movements, we hope people across our three locations will be able to use our confessional to receive professional advice for their gut health symptoms, resulting in… they are more open to discussing these issues and feel more comfortable working towards a solution.”

The study also found that three in ten (29 percent) of those suffering from digestive disorders had increased levels of stress related to their condition, while 26 percent had trouble sleeping.

Another quarter (26 percent) had no energy in their daily routine and 19 percent felt their productivity at work was impacted.

But 58 percent went as far as to say that their digestive health has a direct impact on their mental health.

And 76 percent think there’s a “poop taboo” and people are generally embarrassed to talk about it her bowel movement.

Almost half (46 percent) think the poop taboo has evolved because it’s an unappealing topic of discussion, while 36 percent have been taught it’s “rude” to talk about it.

Another 25 percent worry that sharing details about their bowel habits could also reveal things about their lifestyle.

Just over four in ten (41 percent) have turned to exercise to improve their digestive health, and 44 percent have increased their fluid intake — with lifestyle changes being the first recommended line of treatment for constipation.

And 44 percent struggled with constipation, while 39 percent suffered from no wind.

Fybogel spokeswoman Marguerite De Durfort added, “If there’s anything we want people to take away from our research and touring with Cubicle Confessional, it’s that digestive symptoms are common.

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“And people shouldn’t be afraid to talk to those they feel most comfortable with – family, friends, a doctor, etc.

“Fybogel wants the nation to blurt out the poop taboo.”

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