New research finds that celiac patients who also suffer reflux or IBS report higher incidences of anxiety or depression.
Research has found that reflux and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be associated with celiac disease, but does that affect the individual’s quality of life (QoL)?
According to new research, it can, and the results point to increased anxiety and depression.
The study, which compared cohorts of individuals with celiac disease, ulcerative colitis (UC), Crohn's disease, and a control group, found that reflux and IBS was more common in those with celiac, UC or Crohn’s than the control group. In addition, patients who had greater severity of reflux or IBS were more likely to have anxiety or depression, as indicated by a health survey the participants completed.
“These additional symptoms are associated with reduced QoL and increasing likelihood of anxiety and depression. QoL may be improved if coeliac disease and IBD patients were assessed for reflux and IBS,” the researchers concluded.