Tuesday, September 8, 2020

IBD-Dementia Risk


I just heard that people who suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease are at higher risk for developing dementia. I have relatives with that diagnosis. How do IBD and dementia go together?

That is a good question. A physician friend sent me an excerpt from a study that was just released a few weeks ago. Apparently, this study is the latest to find a high degree of correlation between gut health and mental health. Researchers are linking gut-heath to neurological diseases. Apparently, those with a diagnosis of IBD are at more than twice the risk of developing dementia. This growing body of research suggests that changes in your gut (gastrointestinal system) may impact the brain through a two-way communication system—the gut-brain axis. More tomorrow.

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