Healthy gut bacteria could prevent age-related diseases, study claims

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Nov 3, 2017, 1:42 pm IST
Updated Nov 3, 2017, 1:42 pm IST
Researchers feel changes to diet could help prevent inflammaging, a chronic inflammation that accompanies old age and many diseases.
New study claims healthy gut bacteria could protect you from almost any age-related disease. (Photo: Pixabay)
 New study claims healthy gut bacteria could protect you from almost any age-related disease. (Photo: Pixabay)

Maintaining healthy gut bacteria by changing your diet could protect you from almost any age-related disease, a new study claims.

Researchers at the University Medical Center Groningen, in The Netherlands believe an imbalanced gut bacteria might be the cause of developing such diseases, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

In the study conducted on mice, they found that a poorly balanced gut bacteria in older mice induced "inflammaging" in younger ones when it was transplanted to them, the report revealed.

Inflammaging , a condition of chronic inflammation related to aging, is linked to diseases like dementia, heart disease and stroke.

For the study, scientists "transplanted gut bacteria from one group of younger mice to another group of mice of around the same ages", the report stated. This was to determine if the immune response was due to the presence of foreign bacteria.

They found mice that received gut bacteria from older mice were the only ones that developed inflammaging.

It is still not clear whether aging causes inflammation or if it is the other way around, but when it comes to risk of developing various disease the two go hand-in-hand.

The findings suggest to researchers that aging leads to an imbalance in gut bacteria and those strategies to change the composition of gut microbiota, like developing a good diet could reduce the chronic inflammation condition.





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