irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) This is a fairly common disease, and also mysterious. It is estimated that approximately 10% of people suffer from it. However, the reasons are not clear. Quite often, it is combined with mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, so it is believed that it may have some connection with the nervous system. It has even been suggested that this may be due to a mismatch serotonin level. In addition, other factors, not necessarily exclusive, are taken into account, such as an imbalance in the gut microbiota. There are many options, so the investigation is still ongoing. And now, thanks to those scientists who investigate the causes, another very curious hypothesis has been put forward: that this is some kind of intolerance to gravity.
According to a group of scientists from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center In a study published in American Journal of Gastroenterologymaybe this force that pulls us to the surface of the Earth is squeezing the intestines, causing typical symptoms of IBS.
This will not happen in all people, but only in the most predisposed for various reasons. This is just another hypothesis, but it could explain many of the factors associated with this disease. Factors for which it is still very difficult to find an association.
What is irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?
IBS This is a chronic disease affecting colon and causes symptoms such as cramps, abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea or constipation (or both)as explained from Mayo Clinic.
There is no single form of diagnosis, so the patient’s symptoms and medical history are usually assessed. In addition, tests can be performed for rule out other pathologies with similar symptoms. Once the diagnosis is established, a decision on treatment is made.
There is no cure for the disease, but there is can be considered individually. symptoms such as diarrhea or abdominal pain. In addition, dietary changes are usually made or ingredients that contribute to symptoms are eliminated. It is also useful to increase physical activity and undergo physiotherapy exercises. Despite all this, the gravitational hypothesis makes a lot of sense, but let’s see why.
Gravity as a trigger
When we encounter a sudden fall, such as from a roller coaster or a plane subjected to turbulence, our nervous system interprets it as a fall. risky situation, generating symptoms at various levels. Among other things, we note that the characteristic stomach flutterwhich is especially intense in some people.
It’s clear, connection between the nervous and digestive systems. And also how it can be related to gravity. But, in addition, there is another very important factor in this sense, namely that it has been observed that people with IBS tend to have a very high level of serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter or, what is the same, a substance involved in the transfer of information between one neuron and another. His maladjustment is associated with a variety of mental conditions, from schizophrenia to depression. But, in addition, it is associated with such physiological phenomena as intestinal motility or the regulation of blood pressure in response to gravity. For example, it may be due to the feeling of lightheadedness and dizziness that some people experience when they stand up.
These are all factors that do not affect all people equally. This is why it may be that in some cases gravity causes IBS and in others it does not. But in fact, the symptoms are not only due to an imbalance of substances such as serotonin. It is also possible that due to the action of gravity diaphragm fall, pressing on the intestines and making it difficult to move. In addition, all this will lead to abnormal growth of intestinal microbes, so all possible factors will converge to cause symptoms.
After all, it’s not new hypothesis that alone explains the disease. Rather, it would be another factor that would join the others that have been studied so far. Gradually, IBS begins to be better defined, and this may be important in improving its diagnosis and finding more effective treatments.
Source: Hiper Textual