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October 13, 2017

It’s Much Better by Far to Be Young at Gut

Every month, we see mounting evidence of the importance of a “healthy” microbiome for our general well-being. The distribution of microbial colonization of the human gastrointestinal system has been linked to everything from mental health to cancer. Now, a new study out of China (published in mSphere) has found a significant similarity between the gut microbiomes of “ridiculously healthy” nonagenarians (90-year-olds) and healthy 30-year-olds. And just last month, a study in mouse found that microbiome transplants from younger mice can greatly improve the health of older mice. What is our gut trying to tell us?

Every month, we see mounting evidence of the importance of a “healthy” microbiome for our general well-being. The distribution of microbial colonization of the human gastrointestinal system has been linked to everything from mental health to cancer.

Do you think that fecal transplants will one day be as common as blood transfusions?

 
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