Helicobacter pylori normally infects a person’s stomach during childhood. Usually, infections caused by this strain do not cause symptoms, but to detect it, this condition can lead to related diseases, including peptic ulcers and an inflammatory condition within the stomach known as gastritis. There are also other types of reactions and health conditions that can denote the presence of helicobacter pylori in our body, pay attention to the following.

Getting helicobacter pylori is a sign that some food contaminated with this bacteria has been consumed, either raw or cooked, since it is resistant enough to withstand the cooking process .

Most surprising of all, it has been discovered that more than half of the world’s population has this bacterium , although it does not always manifest itself directly in the body. Its main advantage as a bacterium is that it is capable of living in gastric flow despite its extreme acidity, without inconvenience and for a long time.

The helicobacter pylori is , of all microorganisms that inhabit the human body, the greatest incidence or greater registration has, as is present in all parts of the world, in both sexes and all ages alike. For this reason, we consider it appropriate to dedicate an informative article to its main symptoms, some few known but which must be taken into account since an early detection could help to face the effects of this bacteria in a less invasive or harmful way for the body. We invite you to read the article: how to eliminate the helicobacter pylori bacteria.

Hidden Symptoms of Helicobacter pylori

There are some symptoms of helicobacter pylori that can often be confused with other conditions, however it may be the presence of this strain in the body. It is necessary to bear in mind that the symptoms can vary from person to person.

1. Abdominal swelling

Although not all people with helicobacter pylori in their body have symptoms, it is known that the main reflection of it is abdominal inflammation, in some cases surprisingly. This is one of the most uncomfortable symptoms since the inflammation is usually accompanied by intestinal gas and flatulence. It is necessary for you to be clear that helicobacter pylori, candida and other parasites can also cause abdominal swelling, so it is important to detect the cause and to know what treatment it is advisable to give.

Fortunately, there are stool tests that can help you find out what kinds of bugs live in your digestive system. These tests are very convenient and can save you untold amounts of time and money in getting to the cause of your symptoms.

  • They detect the presence of H. pylori, parasites, and candida. You can learn more about the home yeast test .
  • They tell you if you are digesting food properly and if you have a gluten intolerance .
  • They even provide information on your immune resistance, among other causes.

2. Weakness

The helicobacter pylori can cause weakness generally in the body, although it has proper nutrition. Most of the time this symptom is linked to iron deficiency anemia, due to the inability of the body to effectively absorb the nutrients necessary to give the body energy during the day, where iron deficiency is also present .

Helicobacter pylori is a gram-negative bacterium, an etiological agent of the most common chronic infection in humans. Apparently this germ has a notable influence on iron metabolism and at present there is much evidence of its direct relationship with iron deficiency anemia.

3. Weight loss

The most notable visual indicator of the presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria in a person may be unexplained weight loss . If for some reason, you begin to lose weight quickly and you do not have a very clear cause, it is important to consult your doctor immediately, as it could be a symptom of the disease, although there are many causes that can generate weight loss and that they are equal or more harmful to the health of the patient.

Because Helicobacter pylori affects acid levels – which in turn affect the digestion of fats and proteins especially – weight loss can occur. The problem is that this weight loss is due to the loss of muscle mass , which is a dangerous way to lose weight.

On the contrary, it can also present the difficulty to lose weight, although it seems ironic with the previous symptom. The reason for this is that a hormone called cortisol is produced when your body is stressed. Cortisol is known to cause weight loss or weight gain, depending on the person. This can promote weight gain in the stomach area and at the same time it can also cause loss of muscle mass.

4. Change in stool

Another visual indicator to know whether or not there is the presence of helicobacter pylori is the change in the appearance of the stool to how it is usually presented when the person is healthy.

Stools may become darker over time and appear tarry with the presence of blood, this is an indicator of problems in the digestive system, due to the presence of this bacteria. In this case, a stool test is highly recommended .

5. Easy to reach satiety

When in the presence of the bacteria, people can reach the degree of satiety when they eat very quickly , sometimes by consuming small amounts of food, which can trigger a picture of malnutrition.

Leptin is considered a peripheral signal of energy status rather than a signal of satiety. Appetite is regulated by both a peripheral energy state signal (such as leptin) and satiety (intestinal hormones, such as ghrelin) that alter neuronal activity within the hypothalamus and, therefore, influence food and energy intake .

6. Burning sensation

The burning of the mouth of the abdomen is an indicator that there gastrointestinal problems that must be addressed promptly. If this symptom is detected frequently, it is best to carry out a medical check-up in order to detect possible causes, as well as to rule out others.

Inflammation of the stomach after eating food can cause nausea, vomiting or stomach pain and burning in the area, this is another of the clearest signs of the presence of this bacteria in the body, to rule it out, it is best perform a blood test.

Complications associated with H. pylori

  • Helicobacter pylori ulcers can damage the protective lining of the stomach and intestines. This allows stomach acid to create an open sore, known as an ulcer. About 10 percent of people with H. pylori will develop an ulcer.
  • Inflammation of the lining of the stomach . Infection with this bacteria can irritate the stomach, causing inflammation and gastritis.
  • Stomach cancer This is perhaps the most serious complication, since H. pylori infection is a strong risk factor for certain types of stomach cancer.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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