Experts said on Saturday that working remotely by promoting a sedentary lifestyle is a “major obstacle” to digestive health, stressing that the demand for counseling is currently driven by IBS, a change closely related to “stress”.
“In fact, telecommuting is a major obstacle to digestive health,” said Gilherme Macedo, Director of the Gastroenterology Service at the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João (CHUSJ) in Porto.
According to the expert, by promoting a sedentary lifestyle – a factor that affects “deteriorating digestive health” in various ways – in addition to the accumulation of substances resulting from the digestive process, remote work has contributed to the “conditioning” of the digestive health of the Portuguese.
The doctor and professor at the Faculdade de Medicina da University of Porto emphasized: “Between reflux disease and obesity, through irritable bowel syndrome and ending with hemorrhoidal diseases, it is, in fact, an ordeal that was encouraged by remote work that did not help her.” (FMUP).
Ricardo Marcos Pinto, a gastroenterologist at the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Porto (CHUP) also highlighted the “significant impact” of working remotely on diseases of the digestive system, that is, irritable bowel syndrome, a functional change estimated to affect 15% of the population. The Portuguese.
The doctor confirmed that irritable bowel syndrome, which is characterized by pain in the abdomen, stomach and intestines, constipation and diarrhea, “is a manifestation of daily anxiety,” adding that with no definition, there have been many requests for counseling for these symptoms.
“What we saw in our patients was that they got worse with working remotely, with the fact that they were at home and could not leave.” Emphasized Ricardo Marcos-Pinto, who is also a professor at the Abel Salazar Institute for Biomedical Sciences at the University of Porto (ICBAS), that we have seen compensation commensurate A little bit with anxiety and depressive illnesses.
For Guilherme Macedo, remote work “amplified” situations that troubled digestive health, such as obesity and sleep disturbances.
There is a vicious circle here. Instead of having factors inhibiting this disappearance, no. All this is required to prolong this cycle. Everything has been improved, “he said.
Like irritable bowel syndrome, the feeling of abdominal discomfort – associated with a “sedentary lifestyle” – was reflected in the specialist consultations.
“The feeling of discomfort is clearly related to this sedentary life people have had in the past year. The doctor said that is what we came up with in all of the consultations.
According to the Director of the Gastroenterology Service, only physical exercise and nutritional precautions can help counter the consequences of remote work.
He stressed that “the common axis is regular physical exercise, and individual movement and the movement of the digestive system are essential for biological balance.”
Besides physical exercises, it is necessary to “return to routine and return to personal relationships,” in addition to “resuming examination,” Ricardo Marcos-Pinto added.
According to the doctor, who is also the coordinator of the Investigative Committee of the Portuguese Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, with reservation and routine examination, that is, colorectal cancer, “moved to the background” and patients have arrived “in already advanced stages of the disease.”
“We in gastroenterology have never seen an advanced disease as we see it before. We see what we have not seen for many years, in very advanced stages and sometimes without treatment,” stressing that 11 Portuguese die every day because of this type. Of cancer and that colonoscopy can prevent and prevent these numbers.