Could your intestinal health really be linked to your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease? Scientists at Lund University in Sweden believe so.
In a study of mice with and without Alzheimer's disease, the researchers concluded that those injected with the infected gut bacteria showed more signs of the disease compared to those injected with bacteria from healthy mice.
Those that received bacteria from infected mice developed more beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. The presence of this plaque is often one of the first warnings that a patient may have Alzheimer's disease.
Reporting on the study, WSB Atlanta noted that the research team considers this study highly important in advancing treatment and intervention of the disease.