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New Study Shows Poor Gut health Could Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

0 2 years ago

By Meg Farris

Science is revealing more and more about what could set you up for getting Alzheimer’s disease, such as the connection between drinking wine, not visiting your dentist, and gut health.

It looks like there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make today to protect your brain function tomorrow.

First, remember growing up when your parents told you alcohol kills brain cells? They may have been on the right track.

A study out of England finds that just one small glass of wine a day puts you at higher risk for Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases.

“Alcohol is causing a suppression of a hormone that regulates the iron, and therefore the iron regulation in the brain is not occurring in the way it needs to. It’s allowing more accumulation of iron,” said Dr. Benjamin Springgate, the Chief of Community and Population Medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center.

And no doubt mom and dad told you to brush and floss your teeth daily. They were right.

Another study suggests that bacteria, which are the most common cause of gum disease, are associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“And when they studied and looked for antibodies to different bacteria that are common in gum disease, they discovered that those antibodies were very commonly found in people with Alzheimer’s or dementia,” Springgate said.

In another first-of-its-kind study, researchers reveal a genetic link between Alzheimer’s and several gut-related disorders.

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