Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003622
Title: Awareness of gastrointestinal disorders among college students
Category: Pharmaceutics
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: The environment we now live in and many aspects of our lifestyle contribute to the development of disease. A major target of the influence of dietary components, alcohol, microbial organisms, and other ingested materials is to the luminal digestive tract. External factors such as obesity, lack of physical exercise, and tobacco consumption also impact diseases of the luminal gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The aim of this paper is to present the results of a survey that was conducted to evaluate the knowledge and attitudes of the causes and treatment options for GI disorders among college students of age 16–22 years undergraduate and postgraduate students. Materials and Methods: The current study was conducted to assess the level of awareness of GI disorders among college students. Hundred college students were contacted through social media such as WhatsApp and email and were asked to participate in the study by filling up an online survey on GI disorder awareness. The questionnaire consisted of 13 questions based on GI disorders and its knowledge. The final sample included 100 college students. Results: There is a marked inflation in the frequency of consumption of outside food. Only about 18% are aware that Crohn’s disease, gastric ulcers, and appendicitis are all a part of GI disorders. 80% concluded that our lifestyle and food habits have a greater effect on GI disorders. Among the student population, 60% are not aware of the term colonoscopy. On the basis of the survey, 59% of the students know the preventive measures to avoid GI disorders. Conclusion: This survey shows that the college students are partially aware of the outcomes of our lifestyles and the basic symptoms of GI disorders. However, they are unaware of its diagnosis and treatment. Hence, an increased awareness of GI disorders has to be incorporated among the college students due to our current lifestyles.

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    M. Pooja Umaiyal 1 , V. Vishnu Priya2 *, R. Gayathri 2

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    1 Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: V. Vishnu Priya, Department of Biochemistry, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical & Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamallee High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    M. Pooja Umaiyal 1 , V. Vishnu Priya2 *, R. Gayathri 2

    Title:Awareness of gastrointestinal disorders among college students
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):11 (June )
    Page No: (1464-1470)
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    Methodology:Appendicitis, Colonoscopy, Crohn’s disease, Food habits, Gastric ulcers, Gastrointestinal disorders
    Research Materials:college students,age 16–22 years


Appendicitis Colonoscopy Crohn’s disease Food habits Gastric ulcers Gastrointestinal disorders

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