Selected modifiable lifestyle areas influencing diseases of the digestive


  • Dominika Ślósarz Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wrocław Medical University, Poland Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland
  • Radosław Kempiński Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wrocław Medical University, Poland Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland
  • Luba Jakubowska Department of Promotion of Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wrocław Medical University Barta 5, 51-618 Wrocław, Poland



behavioural gastroenterology, health behaviours, lifestyle, diet, alcohol, stress, physical activity


Thesis. The multifactor aetiology of the diseases of the digestive system is frequently connected with lifestyle, including diet, exposure to stress, and alcohol consumption. These factors are part of the modifiable factors influencing state of health, and the presentation of their influence on the pathogenesis of the diseases of the digestive system may lead to increased social awareness, improved health, and decreased healthcare expenditures.

            Concept. The article is a review, presenting the results of latest research on the influence of selected behavioural factors (health behaviours) in the functioning of the digestive system.

            Results and conclusion. In order to prevent diseases of the digestive system Mediterranean diet, reduction of alcohol consumption, and looking after emotional wellbeing and physical fitness are recommended. The understanding of health as looking after and enrichment of resources, rather than a lack of illness, is connected with patients’ responsibility for their own health. Frequently, it is only with the diagnosis of an illness that patients decide to change their behaviour. Meanwhile, healthy lifestyle ought also to be understood as one of the most significant elements of the prevention of diseases of the digestive system. Such understanding is part of the paradigm of behavioural gastroenterology(Jia, Jiang, & Liu, 2017), whose representatives emphasise that it is important for healthy lifestyle and psychological factors to be taken into account in treatment as well as diagnosis, rehabilitation, and prophylactics of the diseases of the digestive system.


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Author Biographies

Dominika Ślósarz, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wrocław Medical University, Poland Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland

PhD student at the Wroclaw Medical University, Poland. Her research interests include gastroenterology, hepatology, liver steatosis, fibrosis, and elastography.

Radosław Kempiński, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Wrocław Medical University, Poland Borowska 213, 50-556 Wrocław, Poland

He specialises in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He works at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the University Teaching Hospital in Wrocław, where he also conducts classes with students.  He has many years of experience in conducting clinical trials. He is interested in reaserch on inflammatory bowel diseases and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Luba Jakubowska, Department of Promotion of Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Wrocław Medical University Barta 5, 51-618 Wrocław, Poland

Psychologist and a pedagogue. She specialises in methodology of research in social sciences. In the recent years she has devoted particular attention to research with the use of the Internet. She is the founder and the editor of the “e-methodology” journal. Furthermore, she is a member of editorial boards of 4 scientific journals, including 3 of international impact. The subjects to which L. Jakubowska pays particular attention are identity and image, and in the recent years she has conducted research into the significance of computer-mediated communication in self-presentation. Luba Jakubowska conducts methodology workshops, also in organisations outside Poland (Paris, Lviv). What is more, L. Jakubowska is the author of nearly 40 academic papers, coordinator and participant of educational and research projects, and the organiser and co-organiser of numerous academic conferences. She is the main organiser of the international academic conference “e-methodology”.


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Ślósarz, D. ., Kempiński, R. ., & Jakubowska, L. (2021). Selected modifiable lifestyle areas influencing diseases of the digestive. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 12(1), 224–238.