Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions

DGBI patients with conditions such as IBS, intestinal pain, diarrhoea, and constipation, suffer for years. GPs and gastroenterologists are unable to find the cause of their symptoms.

Illustration of a person with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI), also known as Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (FGID), represent a significant burden to the UK and global healthcare.

DGBI are the most common diagnosis in gastroenterology, comprising a complex and incompletely understood group of over 30 chronic conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic constipation, functional diarrhoea, functional dysphagia, functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain, and more. Triggers include diet, food sensitivity, stress and lifestyle. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) and stress are involved in most conditions.

A recent large-scale study (over 70,000 participants in 33 countries; 6 continents) found that more than 40% of persons worldwide have DGBI, which affects the quality of life and health care use. This equates to over 2 billion sufferers globally.

DGBI affects both sexes but is much more prevalent among women, representing a significant issue for women’s health.

A self-help treatment just for you

MindLife is working on new solutions for DGBI for both clinicians and suffers, based on clinically-proven interventions and our cutting-edge technology:

GutBetter ↗︎

A health education and biofeedback product that can reduce symptoms and improve the user’s health and well-being.

MagicRelief ↗︎

A health and wellness programme specifically for children and young adults suffering from IBS.