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The Link Between COVID-19 and Digestive Problems: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 is known to affect the respiratory system, but a recent study shows that it could also have long-term effects on the digestive system. According to the study conducted in the United States, people who had COVID-19 were 36% more likely to experience stomach problems a year after they recovered compared to those who did not have the virus.

The study analyzed the medical records of 154,068 COVID-19 patients and 5.6 million individuals who did not have the virus. More than 9,600 COVID-19 patients reported having digestive issues, including problems with their stomach, intestines, pancreas, or liver. The most common diagnoses were acid reflux and peptic ulcers. Long Covid patients were also more likely to have constipation, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. There was also a small increased risk of serious inflammatory illnesses such as acute pancreatitis and cholangitis (inflammation of the bile ducts).

This study only looked at people who got sick with COVID-19 before vaccines were available. Newer versions of the virus might have different effects, and some research suggests that vaccines can reduce the risk of long-term symptoms. 

There are many reasons why COVID-19 infections could cause digestive problems. Some researchers believe that the virus might be capable of directly entering the digestive system, while others speculate that some parts of the virus might remain in the body after the infection is gone, leading to inflammation and potentially long-term changes in gut-brain messaging.

The study also discovered that many long COVID patients had other symptoms besides stomach problems. Nevertheless, the good news is that most stomach issues can be managed with proper treatment.

If you’re one of the many people experiencing stomach problems or other digestive symptoms since having COVID-19, it’s time to take control of your health. Book an appointment with me to discuss your symptoms and explore treatment options.

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