Peptic ulcer disease is a disease in which defects (ulcers) develop in the stomach and (or) 12-palms of the human intestine. This can lead to bleeding and even death. A recent discovery has shown that in most cases, peptic ulcer disease is caused by the Helicobacter pylori bacterium. Researchers at the University of New York found that there is a link between this disease and anxiety disorders, reports Science World Report.
The researcher Farah Taha says: "Our team specializes in depression and anxiety disorders. According to the biopsychosocial theory, we believe that the ulcer is unlikely to occur for one reason: the disease is complex and multifactorial: there are people with ulcers that do not have a bacterium Helicobacter pylori, but there are people who have a bacterium but no ulcers."
For their research, researchers used data from a survey of more than 2000 people. They were looking for a link between anxiety and peptic ulcer. Researchers have taken into account factors such as child abuse, passive smoking, neuroticism and demographic characteristics (age, marital status, sex, education and income). They also considered smoking and drug addiction as factors that exacerbate the interconnection of anxiety and ulcers. None of the above factors affected the correlation found. Scientists plan to continue their research and find the mechanism that is the cause of this connection.