Gut Health and Alzheimer’s Disease connection in Allentown. Doctor Explains | State

The big picture: Dr. Lindsay Boik-Price says: “…maintaining a healthy gut promotes overall health!”

In the news: New research is showing that an abundance of certain specific types of gut bacteria could be associated with the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Key Findings

The research identified 10 specific types of bacteria in the gut that could increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in the future. The research continues to build upon the findings that having a good gut biome is important for health and wellness.

The researchers noted that an imbalance in the concentration of these gut bacteria could lead to other diseases like inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), Chron’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Next steps: There’s plenty of research already linking good gut health to good mental and brain health.

Did you know that almost 4109.0 peopled died in Pennsylvania from Alzheimer’s disease in 2021?

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Doctor’s Expert Insights about Gut Health and Brain Health

Know this: “No doubt about it, findings like the ones highlighted in this preliminary article continue to shine a light on the transformative power and potential of personalized medicine. By being able to identify specifics, new medicines, and treatments could be developed. Another thing I recommend is that people get their scheduled colonoscopies. Mounting evidence indicates that taking preventative steps like colonoscopies can help in identifying colon cancer earlier.” Dr. Puja Uppal, Family Medicine.

Next steps: If you live in Pennsylvania, you need to make sure that you get a colonoscopy after the age of 45.

Living in Allentown, the following health facts impact your well-being directly!

Did you know that 36.0% of the adults living in Lehigh County are obese?

4.0% of the adults living in Lehigh County have limited access to healthy foods.

14.0% of the adults living in Lehigh County are in poor or fair health?

Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality by State

Image courtesy: [CDC/Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality Statistics](CDC/Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality Statistics).

What they’re saying:

“A growing body of evidence suggests that dysbiosis of the human gut microbiota is associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease (AD) via neuroinflammatory processes across the microbiota-gut-brain axis. The gut microbiota affects brain health through the secretion of toxins and short-chain fatty acids, which modulates gut permeability and numerous immune functions. Observational studies indicate that AD patients have reduced microbiome diversity, which could contribute to the pathogenesis of the disease.” (Primary Study)

“Overall, our novel findings of ten significant genera associated with AD from the meta-analysis provide new insights into the interplay of the gut microbiota on AD. Genetic associations with the abundance of certain bacterial genera inhabiting the gut correlate with AD diagnosis in risk and protective directions. Risk-associated genera, such as Collinsella, have been previously tied to neuroinflammatory processes across the MGBA, while protection-associated genera like Gordonibacter are known to secrete metabolites that promote gut and brain health.” (Ibid.)


The Journal Scientific Reports published the findings: Genetic correlations between Alzheimer’s disease and gut microbiome genera (Read it Here)

Alzheimer’s Disease Stats for Allentown: (Alzheimer’s Association)

An estimated 6.7 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Dementia.

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