Gut Bacteria Has A Larger Effect On Health Than You Think

gut bacteria [Source: Arstechnica]
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Science continues to show that the gut bacteria have a far greater effect on human health than we could have truly ever imagined. Recent findings have revealed that people with chronic fatigue syndrome may actually be suffering from a disruption in the populations of bacteria residing in their gut, resulting in a bacterial imbalance.

Could it be that the the secret to chronic fatigue actually lie in the gut? While it may seem simplistic, research indicates that may just be the case. While previous findings have indicated that people with chronic fatigue syndrome have differences in gut bacteria when compared to healthy people, new findings show that patients can actually be divided into different groups, based on their gut bacteria. This could prove to be very useful for treatment of the condition.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by fatigue that does not get better with rest and is not the result of another health condition. Many patients with chronic fatigue also have symptoms indicative of IBS. In a sample of 50 patients, nearly half were diagnosed with IBS.

As reported, “The researchers found that differences in the levels of six types of gut bacteria—Faecalibacterium, Roseburia, Dorea, Coprococcus, Clostridium, Ruminococcus and Coprobacillu— were strongly linked with chronic fatigue syndrome. In fact, the relative abundance of these species in participants’ guts could be used to predict whether the patients had chronic fatigue syndrome, the researchers said.”

The findings also revealed that people with both IBS and chronic fatigue displayed lower levels of a type of bacteria called Faecalibacterium, and higher levels of Alistipes bacteria. Conversely, people who had chronic fatigue but no IBS exhibited higher numbers of bacteria from the bacterial genus Bacteroides. However, these same people also seemed to have lower amounts of Bacteroides vulgatus, which is a specific species from the same genus. The researchers hope that further research will examine the relationship between these gut bacteria differences and the development of chronic fatigue.



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