15 November 2002
Functional gastrointestinal disorders affect one in 3 Australians, recent research shows.
Data from 3240 adults showed one in 3 people reported at least one functional gastrointestinal disorder, while one in 5 people reported more than 2.
Factors such as neuroticism, anxiety, bowel habit disturbance, abdominal pain frequency and increasing age were linked to the presence of a functional gastrointestinal disorder.
However, there was no link between psychological morbidity and functional disorders, the researchers commented (American Journal of Gastroenterology 2002; 97: 2290-99).
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