New research published this weekend may comfort or annoy you, depending on your perspective. An international survey of thousands of people found that almost everyone experienced gas frequently, with farting being the most common symptom every day. Studies have further indicated that these symptoms may further affect people’s quality of life.
The survey was conducted by researchers at the Rome Foundation, a non-profit research organization in the United States that focuses on gastrointestinal health, as well as Danone Nutricia Research in France, a branch of Danone Food Company (in the United States, they sell yogurt and other dairy products).
About 6,000 adults in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Mexico were recruited online to answer various questions about their health, including whether they had recently experienced seven gas-related symptoms. These symptoms included rash, flatulence (bloating), flatulence, and bad breath. The people surveyed were meant to be representatives of the general public.
Seventy-one percent said they felt bloated in the last 2 hours, while 0% said they had a bad stomach, and 5% felt bloated. The least common symptom – swelling – was still reported by 38% of participants. Finally, only 11% reported no gas-related symptoms the day before. The results were presented at the United European Annual Conference on Gastroenterology on Saturday.
“I think the most significant and surprising discovery in our study is that almost all adults in the general population experience some gas-related symptoms every day. This is important because the data clearly show that these symptoms affect people’s general well-being,” said lead author Olafur Paulson. Clinical psychologist and health researcher in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Release From UEG.
Those who reported higher scores on the questionnaire used to measure gas-related symptoms had worse scores on questions asked about mental health or overall quality of life. And although these are just interrelationships, it suggests that having these symptoms more than once can negatively affect people, the authors say.
Interestingly enough, people under the age of 50 reported more gas-related symptoms than adults. In Mexico there were similarly higher gas scores than those in the United Kingdom and the United States but there was no significant difference in how gas people felt in terms of their body mass index or weight. Meanwhile, those who reported exercising regularly were few Gasiness is less likely to be felt.
Whether any of these patterns show anything about human vulnerability to gas is still unclear and needs further study, the authors say, especially the differences seen in different countries. But Paulson notes that “cultural, linguistic, food or public health factors can affect the population level of gas-related symptoms.”
The results were not peer-reviewed, an important step in verifying the findings of any study. But other studies have shown that having an uncomfortable stomach is a common cost of survival. The 71,000 surveys of 2018, for example, Recommended At least 61% of Americans have recently experienced a gastrointestinal symptom. Significantly, however, flatulence was not one of the symptoms asked in that survey, and the most reported was heartburn rather than favorable (31%).