MILLIONS of adults have missed work, social events, a date, or even a vacation — due to stomach upset.
Research of 1,000 adults suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other bowel disorders admit they missed more than six days of work and the same number of social occasions in the past year.
Pain, bloating and fatigue have helped avoid such plans, according to respondents – while a third have turned down an appointment for fear of inconvenience.
An estimated one in five people in the UK suffers from IBSand such issues do not discriminate as singer Alexandra Burke opened up about her own struggles following the study commissioned by Symprove.
Alexandra said: “Having experienced the effects of IBS firsthand, I know only too well how a dissatisfied tummy can have a huge impact on your life.
“Despite bowel problems Because it’s so prevalent, I wasn’t shocked when I saw this latest research revealing that two-thirds of us are silently suffering from our gut health.
“I was one of those people until I finally spoke to my GP after years of discomfort. I’m passionate about encouraging people to talk about gut issues so more people can find a happy solution.”
It also found that 66 percent admit they suffer quietly when it comes to their stomach problems with intestinal healthwith more than a quarter believing it has had a significant impact on their lives.
And more than half admit to feeling embarrassed when it comes to their stomach problems.
50 percent of those who were ashamed to talk about it didn’t think it was an appropriate topic to discuss openly, and 52 percent don’t think people would understand the magnitude of the problem.
While 44 percent fear others are trying to downplay a serious problem.
Aside from sex, the topic was high on the list of conversations respondents never wanted to talk about at the dinner table.
To avoid an awkward conversation, half tried to change the subject as quickly as possible, and 38 percent found an excuse to end the discussion altogether.
Almost four out of ten even got up and left in the middle of a chat.
However, 58 percent admit they have missed out on more support because they have not been open about the issue.
More than half feel controlled by their toilet needs, and 70 percent believe there is a general lack of understanding in society, leaving them frustrated, demoralized and sad.
Still, 57 percent have sought medical advice for their situation, with a visit to their GP, a specialist, or searching online being the best ways.
The research conducted via OnePoll also revealed that 58 percent wish for a better representation of the disease in society – and 56 percent strive for more professional understanding.
More than six in ten have tried using products to relieve their discomfort with relative success, with two-thirds having a positive experience.
TOP 10 WAYS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY STOMACH TANKS
1. Skipped a social event
2. Didn’t eat a meal someone cooked for you
3. Avoided staying away from home
4. Didn’t go to work
5. Sports avoided
6. Missed an important occasion, e.g. B. Birthday Party / Wedding
7. Avoided staying away from home overnight
8. Missed a holiday
9. Declined a date
10. Didn’t go to school
dr Sarah Jarvis, speaking on behalf of Symprove, added: “IBS is a lot more common than we think. It affects up to one in five people in the UK at some point in their lives and is about twice as common in women as in men.
“Although we’re beginning to normalize the discussion about gut health, the impact of bloating on self-esteem can be so destructive, and the statistics uncovered by research show there’s more to do.
“It’s important for people to know that there are things they can do if they feel like their bloating is getting out of hand.”
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