Stress is an inescapable part of modern life. But for people with ulcerative colitis and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the effects of stress may worsen your condition.
“I hear from a lot of [patients] that stress is a trigger for their symptoms,” says Sumona Saha, MD, a gastroenterologist and associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin.
According to a study published in February 2013 in the journal Gastroenterology Research, experiencing a high level of stress can lead to an IBD flare. Among 50 participants with IBD in remission who were told to keep a symptom journal, those who felt “quite a lot” of stress on a given day were 4.8 times as likely to have a flare within the next day.