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Physical abuse in childhood is linked to peptic ulcer disease, concludes research

Study shows that adults who suffered physical abuse in childhood had a 68% greater chance of developing the disease

 
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Victims of physical abuse in childhood had twice as likely to develop ulcers than people who were not abused as children. The conclusion is a study by the University of Toronto (U of T), Canada.

"We found a strong and significant association between individuals who were abused in childhood and those with a diagnosis of peptic ulcer disease later in life," said lead author Esme Fuller Thomson, a professor at U of T. "Initially, I thought the link would be explained by factors like stress, obesity, smoking and alcohol abuse - characteristics that are highly associated with peptic ulcer - but even after adjusting for variables known sixteen, those people who were physically abused in childhood were 68% higher chance of peptic ulcers than their peers who have not suffered abuse. "

"These findings not only underline the importance of preventing physical abuse in childhood, they also highlight the need to show adults who suffered childhood sexual abuse that they are at risk of presenting negative health outcomes," said Jennifer Bottoms, co-author the study.

The study, published online by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, used data from a representative sample of the community of 13,069 Canadian adults. More than a thousand reported having been physically abused by someone close to them before they turn 18 and 493 said they had been diagnosed with peptic ulcer by a health professional.

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