Cure Alzheimer’s By Focusing On Gut Abnormalities, Claims New Study
The study examined gut microbiomes of the patients suffering from the disease. Researchers say the tests showed that people with Alzheimer’s had a distinct microbiome as well as more inflammation markers. The latter detail, the scientists emphasised, was extremely important.
"Our gut bacteria can influence the level of inflammation in our bodies, and we know inflammation is a key contributor to Alzheimer's. Most people are surprised that their gut bacteria could have any bearing on the health of their brain. But the evidence is mounting — and we are building an understanding of how this comes about," said Dr Edina Silajdžić, a neuroscientist from King's College London, involved in the analysis of samples from Alzheimer's patients, adding that "inflammation associated with gut bacteria can affect the brain via the blood".
Scientists say further studies are needed to build on their findings, but they suspect that Alzheimer’s could be caused by abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract.
"Current evidence suggests that we should keep physically fit, eat a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, not smoke, only drink within the recommended limits and keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check," Nolan added.