Why Are Fewer People Getting Appendicitis?

Why Are Fewer People Getting Appendicitis?


Hi, this is David from MinuteEarth. Occasionally, a piece of poop that’s especially
hard – called a fecalith – will break off from the larger poop mass, go floating around
in a person’s intestinal tract, and then get stuck in the narrow channel that connects
the large intestine to a sac called the appendix. This blockage is the main cause of the disease
known as appendicitis; it makes the organ swell like a balloon with a toxic combination
of mucus and bacteria, and it needs to be quickly treated – before the sac bursts. Strangely, though, people are much more likely
to get appendicitis in certain places than others. And that likely has something to do with how
these rogue poop pebbles get formed in the first place. The rate of appendicitis rose dramatically
in the US and other wealthy countries during the 20th century. We think that that’s because an increase
in wealth meant that people in those countries started eating less fiber and more processed
foods and sugars; which may have caused people in these places to have weirder poops – and
thus more frequent fecaliths. That diet hypothesis was supported further
when doctors noticed that appendicitis was much more common in the summer; it turns out
that we eat a lot more sugar when it’s warm outside, which seems to cause even more stool
rocks. And in countries like South Korea, Iran and
and Chile that are just getting wealthier, today we’re seeing increases in appendicitis
rates that look a lot like those that happened in the US earlier in the 20th century. Diets in those countries have also gotten
rid of a lot of fiber and added a lot of processed food. But this relationship between a weird diet
and appendicitis no longer seems to apply to the United States. In the last 40 years – even as people have
gotten even richer and continued to eat all sorts of junk, the rate of appendicitis has
actually dropped almost 60%. And we’re not exactly sure why. Perhaps, after a few decades, their intestines
have simply adjusted to the new diets and have stopped freaking out as much. Or maybe, it’s more complicated than that. For now, it’s still a large – and stinky
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100 Replies to “Why Are Fewer People Getting Appendicitis?”

  1. I know someone who had appendicitis and then the appendix bursted so that wasn't good. She spent the majority of summer in the hospital. She's ok now. Well, in that sense. Her and her family bought fish without research, killed them and she came up with the idea to start breeding fish. I try to avoid her but I can't.

  2. Maybe humans are starting to evolve and the kids before have smaller appendices and the kids now maybe don’t have appendices

  3. Well for me I never heard of It but I dont eat much sugar,because I feel like my mouth gets dry and the sweetness of many things feel like to much for me,hence why I dont eat many sweet fruits or to much sugar,It just feels weird…

  4. I got really happy when I saw South Africa has the least cases!

    Where are all my South Africans at?! 🇿🇦 🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻😄😁

  5. I remember when I was a kid my mum always warn me of not running or jumping after eating my meal,she said my appendix will explodes,I was really scared Lol

  6. it could be that We have evolved further beyond!!! ….. or people have their appendix removed during any other surgery.

  7. I had appendicitis this week and my appendix was removed ☹️☹️☹️ but I got lucky because it was an early appendicitis 😐😐😐

  8. Well that was kind of disappointing. You go to the effort of nicely laying out the question and and then give a brief explanation to one theory why. IMO the script should have spent more time on the answer/asnwers. The fact that they are just theories is fine 🙂

  9. I miss read the title is why are fewer people getting appendixes
    I thought I didn’t have an appendix.

  10. When I was 9 years old I had appendicitis and now that I’m 16 years old I was actually fascinated of how appendicitis originates

  11. I saw my Country Flag! It’s the one with the less likely chance to get appendicitis. 🇿🇦😊🤩😜😎

  12. Me : lives in SA.Phew I’m not likely to get it

    Me after watching: wait wait wait ,you saying I’m poor?!😡

  13. I use a thingy called ecosio something like that plants a tree after every little while you use it I get normaly around 30 each time I'm on my computer

  14. Four Days Ago
    Me: Leaves hospital after recovering from the surgery that I got because of Appendicitis
    Present Day
    Me scrolling through the internet and sees this monstrosity: O_O WHO'S WATCHING ME?

    This honestly shocked me the most, what are the chances that this shows up while you're recovering from Appendicitis?

  15. The actual reason is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  16. When you got your appendix removed as a kid then see the flags of your parents home countries appear in the video 😳😂

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