A new study that was recently published in the online journal Inflammatory Bowel Diseases shows that people with inflammatory bowel disease, like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, are at an increased risk of experiencing anxiety disorders, especially women.
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are disease that cause chronic inflammation is the digestive tract.
The study examined 269 Canadian adults who had been diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disease. Study results found that the study participants were twice as likely to have generalized anxiety disorder at some point in their lives when compared to adults who do not have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The study also found that for women, the risk was four times greater than for men.