Gut Bacteria and Creeping Fat in Autoimmunity

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Initially the title sounds like a title for a bad horror film written by a biologist.  Creeping fat brings up images of the old “Blob” movies.  The reality is that scientists found a link between a gut bacteria moving through the intestinal walls of patients with autoimmune Crohn’s disease and a complication of fat accumulation around the intestines. 

Pump up Your Gut Bacteria

           

Why am I so surprised?  Scientists are constantly discovering new connection between our gut bacteria and other body functions outside the gut.  In this case, I am so looking forward to a fuller understanding of how gut bacteria appear to effect muscle strength in older adults. 

In a recent study, Tufts University researchers found that the gut bacteria of more active older adults differed from those who were more sedentary. 

Antibiotics for Alzheimer’s Disease… in Mice

Finding a cure or even a successful therapy for Alzheimer’s disease requires keeping an open mind.  Thankfully, many researchers are keeping their minds open to the possible connection between gut microbes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.  In research at the University of Chicago, they found that male mice treated with antibiotics showed a resolution of Alzheimer’s type symptoms. 

Antibiotics for Alzheimer’s Disease… in Mice

          

            Finding a cure or even a successful therapy for Alzheimer’s disease requires keeping an open mind.  Thankfully, many researchers are keeping their minds open to the possible connection between gut microbes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.  In research at the University of Chicago, they found that male mice treated with antibiotics showed a resolution of Alzheimer’s type symptoms.