A recent study of nearly 500,000 people by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia has shown a genetic relationship between mood and gut health. The researchers have confirmed a link between depression and stomach ulcers.
Dr. Yeda Wu of IBM has indicated that this finding shows the need for a holistic approach to caring for people who suffer from diseases like stomach ulcers. “This study linking major depression with an increased risk of gastrointestinal disorders also explains the co-morbidity of the conditions,” reported Dr. Wu. You can read more about the study here.
While certain medications do help with ulcers and other medications can help with depression, positive lifestyle changes such as diet, sleep, and exercise can contribute positively to your overall wellbeing.
We invite you to learn more about the relationship between your mental and physical health here.