Multiple Sclerosis May Be Linked to Gastrointestinal Microbiomes

Recent studies have shown that there may be a link between what goes on in our guts and the disease Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease in which the nervous system slowly degrades as a result of the loss of insulating myelin from neurons in the human body. Scientists have long seen a strong correlation between autoimmune deficiency and the development of this illness.

The Human Immune System Strongly Linked to Gut Activity

One important reason why researchers are linking gut activity and MS is that a solid majority (about 4/5ths) of the human immune system is found in the digestive tract, working together with the numerous types of good bacteria that allow us to digest our food, and serve numerous other metabolic functions. This means that when internal bacteria are out of balance, this may in turn affect our ability to fight diseases, and even perhaps help cause autoimmune disorders.

Gastrointestinal Imbalance Related to Numerous Diseases

Problems with the bacterial cultures of the stomach and intestines are not only linked to MS. Scientists have found links between internal microbiomes and numerous other diseases and problems of similar nature, including diabetes and autism.

Among Other Factors, Gut Biomes May Play a Key Part in the Development of Such Diseases

Ultimately, development of diseases like diabetes and MS are the result of numerous other factors, including environmental factors such as intake of essential vitamins, and genetic risk. However, finding the evidence to solidly link internal bacteria and MS could, with further research, decrease incidence of the disease in those who are proven to be at risk, and help treat those who already have developed the disorder.

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