Confirmation: Study Validates Connection Between Gut Microbes and Alzheimer’s | Health


The findings of a study confirm that individuals with gastrointestinal disorders may face an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This discovery could pave the way for early detection and potential innovative therapies in the treatment of the progressive brain disorder. Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent form of dementia, deteriorates memory and cognitive abilities. Currently, there are no known curative treatments, and experts predict that by 2030, it will affect more than 82 million people and incur a cost of USD 2 trillion, as stated by the researchers involved in the study.

The researchers found that individuals with Alzheimer's and gastrointestinal disorders share common genes - a significant finding for multiple reasons. (Unsplash)
The researchers found that individuals with Alzheimer’s and gastrointestinal disorders share common genes – a significant finding for multiple reasons. (Unsplash)

Previous observational studies have suggested a potential association between Alzheimer’s and gastrointestinal disorders, but the underlying mechanisms remained unclear.

Researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia have now shed new light on these connections by confirming a genetic correlation between Alzheimer’s and various gastrointestinal disorders.

The study, which was published in the journal Communications Biology, extensively analyzed large sets of genetic data from studies on Alzheimer’s and several gastrointestinal disorders, each involving approximately 400,000 individuals.

Emmanuel Adewuyi, the study’s leader, stated that this was the first comprehensive evaluation of the genetic relationship between Alzheimer’s and multiple gastrointestinal disorders.

The researchers discovered that individuals with Alzheimer’s and gastrointestinal disorders shared common genes, which holds significant implications for understanding these conditions.

“This study offers a fresh perspective on the genetic factors underlying the observed co-occurrence of Alzheimer’s and gastrointestinal disorders,” remarked Adewuyi.

“It enhances our understanding of the causes of these conditions and identifies new areas to explore in order to potentially achieve earlier detection of the disease and develop novel treatments for both types of disorders,” added the researcher.

In terms of causality, Professor Simon Laws, the study’s supervisor, clarified that while the study did not establish whether gastrointestinal disorders cause Alzheimer’s or vice versa, the results are extremely valuable.

“These findings provide further support for the ‘gut-brain’ axis concept, which posits a bidirectional connection between the cognitive and emotional centers of the brain and the functioning of the intestines,” Laws emphasized.

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