Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Researchers have claimed that COVID-19 may cause irritable bowel syndrome. After carrying out a review of the long-term gastrointestinal effects of Covid, it was discovered that the virus can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms.

Long covid in particular poses an increased threat of the development of irritable bowel syndrome. Here, we will look at what the latest analysis shows, and why COVID-19 increases the risk of IBS.

Understanding the latest study

The latest study, carried out by Walter Chan of the Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Grover, and Massachusetts, discovered COVID-19 can lead to disorders in the gut-brain interaction. Those with the virus have been found to be up to 60% more at risk of developing gastrointestinal symptoms.

One survey that was analysed, showed out of 749 COVID-19 survivors, approximately 29% claimed they suffered a new gastrointestinal symptom. These included heartburn, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and constipation. Out of the participants who experienced abdominal pain, 39% of them had symptoms that matched the criteria for IBS.

Prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms in those with long covid was also discovered. Certainly, the findings, published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, do show a clear association between gastrointestinal symptoms and COVID-19.

How does COVID-19 link to gastrointestinal symptoms?

The reason COVID-19 causes gastrointestinal symptoms could be down to a number of mechanisms. There is the possibility the virus suppresses the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, which is responsible for the protection of our intestinal cells.

COVID-19 is also known to change the microbiome in the body, as well as lead to weight gain and a worsening of diabetes. Additionally, the virus can trigger an autoimmune response, disrupting the immune system.

These are just some of the potential reasons the virus may increase the risk of IBS. However, further research is required, especially in the area of long covid and its relation to gastrointestinal symptoms. The level of risk the virus poses to our health has only recently been lowered to two. As time progresses, experts will gain a much better idea of the exact cause and the best way to treat the problem.

Seeking treatment for IBS

If you are suffering from IBS, treatments are available. Whether it was caused by COVID-19, or something else, managing the condition will help to keep its unpleasant symptoms at bay.

There aren’t currently any specific treatments recommended for those suffering with COVID-related IBS. However, existing treatments such as medications, probiotics, dietary changes, and behaviour modifications can help.

Finding the right management plan is crucial to combatting gastrointestinal symptoms. So, if you are suffering with IBS and you are struggling to manage the symptoms, contact Mr Michael Stellakis today. After an initial assessment, he will work with you to create a manageable plan to help ease the symptoms.