Are Men More Prone to digestive diseases?
January 05, 2023 | Sara Shoukat Ali

Are Men More Prone to digestive diseases?

Writing an article discussing the differences between men and women feels a little too obvious. Although there are many physical and hormonal changes between the sexes, one of the more controversial ones is the digestive system’s design.

Gut's shapes in men and women differs.

The female colon contains more twists and turns, is typically about 10 cm longer than the male colon, and must share space in the pelvis with the reproductive organs.

According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) reports that women are more likely than males to suffer from recurrent constipation. They are more likely to feel heartburn than men, although having a lower chances of having it. Most significantly, women are two to six times more likely than men to suffer irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and they often have more trigger foods and more severe symptoms.

Stomach empties slowly: According to a study, men’s digestion really proceeds more quickly than women’s, requiring 33 hours as opposed to 47 hours for women. Women are more likely to experience bloating, nausea, and a prolonged feeling of fullness because their stomachs digest food more slowly.

Chronic stress and anxiety can cause gastro problems, and the World Health Organization reports that women worldwide have greater rates of anxiety and depression. It may come as no surprise that many people with IBS also suffer from mental disorders.

The colon empties more slowly in women than in men, in addition to the stomach. The female reproductive system is situated in the same area as the colon, which is also physically longer in women than in men. The colon of a male, however, is located on top of the abdomen. Women are more likely to experience the two extremes of chronic constipation or the urgent need for a bowel movement because they have longer and slower-emptying colons.

 Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are also more prevalent in women, and colon cancer is the third most common cancer among them.

Some issues are more likely to affect men:

Although males generally have less sensitive stomachs than women, some problems affect men more commonly than others. The diarrhoea is one of them.

Preserving Your Digestive System:

Along with maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, sound sleep, and a well-balanced diet. Both sex are equal prone to digestive diseases which are mentioned.

Your digestive tract’s movement, or capacity to keep moving, may be affected by a variety of conditions, including:

  • Consuming a fiber-poor diet.
  • Getting insufficient exercise.
  • Travelling or making other normal changes.
  • Consuming a lot of dairy products.
  • Stress.
  • Possibly due of ulcers, fighting the urge to urinate.
  • Overusing anti-diarrheal drugs that, over time, reduce the motility of the bowel motions.
  • Taking specific medications (especially antidepressants, iron pills and strong pain medicines such as narcotics).

Make an appointment with Shifa4U right away to find out more about how to maintain the health of your digestive  tract.

Recommended Packages

Sara Shoukat Ali

MS in molecular biology & currently working in Queen Mary College as a lecturer