One in five people don’t think there is anything they can do about their symptoms, while 17% worry doctors aren’t taking them seriously when making an appointment for healthy digestion
A quarter of Brits (25%) 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 almost one in five (18%) did not consider their bowel frequency to be “normal”.
And nearly a quarter (24%) 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%) have not had a digestive symptom treated or diagnosed because they feel they don’t know enough about their digestive system and how it works.
And 17% worry doctors won’t take them seriously when they try to book an appointment to discuss their digestive issues.
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 the expertise of 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 who are suffering in silence and work to break the ‘poop taboo’.
“With 55% of the public feeling most comfortable talking to a doctor about their bowel movements, we hope people across our three locations can use our confessional to receive professional advice on their gut health symptoms.
“We want them to feel more open to discussing these issues and feel more comfortable working towards a solution.”
The study also found that three in ten (29%) of those suffering from digestive disorders had increased levels of stress related to their condition, while 26% had trouble sleeping.
Another quarter (26%) had no energy in their daily routine and 19% felt their productivity at work was impacted.
But 58% went as far as to say that their digestive health has a direct impact on their mental health.
And three-quarters (76%) think there is a “poop taboo” and that people are generally embarrassed to talk about their bowel movements.
Almost half (46%) think the feces taboo has evolved because it’s an unappealing topic of conversation, while 36% have been taught it’s “rude” to talk about it.
Another 25% worry that sharing details about their bowel habits could also reveal things about their lifestyle.
Just over four in ten (41%) have turned to exercise to improve their digestive health and 44% have increased their fluid intake – with lifestyle changes being the first recommended line of treatment for constipation.
And 44% struggled with constipation, while 39% suffered from bloating.
Fybogel spokeswoman Marguerite De Durfort added, “If there’s one thing we want people to take away from our research and touring with Cubicle Confessional, it’s that digestive symptoms are common.
“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.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/brits-suffer-digestive-issues-constipation-26645264 Every fourth Briton has digestive problems – but cannot be examined