We feel you! That gassy feeling is not the most comfortable, especially if you feel it all the time. While farting is a common phenomenon, being constantly gassy is not. There can be a variety of reasons behind this discomfort. It could be an unhealthy diet or lack of movement. But there can also be a few medical causes of gas. Let’s learn more about each one of them.
Health Shots spoke to Pratik Tibdewal, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Wockhardt hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, who listed down the medical causes or diseases which are responsible for excessive gas.
Here are 5 medical causes of gas:
1. Sleep apnea
Yes, your sleep can be associated with excessive gas buildup in the system. Dr Tibdewal says, “You will be shocked to know that those with sleep apnea are often times mouth-breathers, and tend to swallow air while snoring. So, if you also have sleep apnea then you will wake up having gas as you have swallowed air the entire night while sleeping.” It will be imperative for you to seek a doctor’s help if you tend to snore heavily and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Do not ignore this condition!
2. Colon cancer
Not many know that there is an association between colon cancer and flatulence. Those with colon cancer may showcase symptoms such as flatulence, persistent abdominal discomfort such as cramps, gas or pain, and even rectal bleeding. So, be watchful of the symptoms. Do not ignore excessive gas at all. “If it is happening frequently then seek timely intervention, suggests Dr Tibdewal.
3. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
IBS can be termed as a group of intestinal symptoms that includes abdominal cramping, diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, and gas. IBS will impact the gut, leading to digestive problems. Hence, one with IBS will often have a gas problem. Remember that it is a chronic condition and you’ll need to manage it in the long term.
Diverticular disease symptoms can include bloating, diarrhoea, stomach pain and constipation. Abdominal discomfort, which is typically severe and frequently accompanied by gas, is one of the most common symptoms of diverticulitis. The exact cause of these conditions is unknown according to the experts.
Digestive problems can sometimes be a result of thyroid dysfunction. The passage of food through your stomach and intestines is slowed down in the case of hypothyroidism. Dr Tibdewal, “Slow digestion can lead to symptoms like heartburn, constipation, bloating, and gas.” Additionally, you might experience frequent bowel movements or even diarrhea.
Here are 5 tips to deal with gastric issues:
1. Exercise daily: Do abdominal muscle-strengthening exercises to keep the digestive tract moving. Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
2. Avoid dairy products: Do not eat milk, cheese, or other dairy products if you have lactose intolerance as it can cause gas.
3. Do not eat cruciferous vegetables: It is the need of the hour to give up on cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli to avoid getting gas issues.
4. Say NO to carbonated beverages: Carbonated beverages can lead to gas.
5. Add fibre: Eat an adequate amount of fibre on a daily basis as it can prevent indigestion and gas.