Stress May Prompt Gastrointestinal Issues among Autistic Children: Researchers

Autistic Children

Autism is one of the most serious developmental disorders that weaken the aptitude of individuals to correspond and interrelate and a recently published study report has added more concerns to it, as it suggested that, excess stress can trigger gastrointestinal issues among the children having autism. The medical trial, led by a team of researchers at the University of Missouri in the US suggested that digestive disorder and gastrointestinal issues found in kids suffering from autism may be the reflection of increased response to anxiety and trauma.

The study that may pave the path for some new and practical therapies to treat the serious disease autism suggested that taking the excess stress and tension may force kids with autism to build up numerous health problems related to gastrointestinal disorder including constipation and abdominal pain.

The people having autism usually take more stress than the normal human beings. Moreover, they also frequently experience gastrointestinal issues like Dyspepsia, Nausea, Vomiting, Peptic Ulcer Disease, Abdominal Pain, etc. And to find and better understand the reason behind it, the researchers experimented about the connection between gastrointestinal symptoms and the immune markers which are responsible for stress response. After analyzing the research papers and other trial samples, the researchers found a certain link between increased cortisol reaction to pressure and the symptoms of GI. Cortisol is a hormone which is released by the body during the stressful time and one of the activities of this hormone is to put off the discharge of stuff in the body that triggers swelling.

According to David Beversdorf, an associate professor at the University of Missouri in the US, “It is a well-known fact that people with autism take everything with extreme seriousness and they are more prone to stress and anxiety. But during the study, we surprisingly found that some of the autistic patients also frequently suffer from gastrointestinal issues like constipation, abdominal pain or other digestive disorders. During the experiment, we found the inflammatory substances called cytokines to have linkage with gastrointestinal issues, autism, and of course stress.”

In order to conduct the study, the scientists involved 120 kids suffering from autism, were treated at MU and Vanderbilt University in the US. The parents of the patients were asked to complete a questionnaire to review the gastrointestinal symptoms in their children. After analyzing the questionnaire, the researcher found 51 autism patients to have gastrointestinal symptoms and 69 with no gastrointestinal symptoms.

The complete study was published in the academic journal ‘Brain, Behaviour, and Immunity’.

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