Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Multiple Sclerosis

A study recently published in the seminal scientific journal Nature suggests that byproducts of microorganisms living in the gut may influence the progression of neurodegenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The proposed mechanism is via control of the interaction of microglia and astrocytes. Microglia and astrocytes modulate inflammation and neurodegeneration in the central nervous system (CNS). The findings may point to novel treatment strategies and suggest that inflammatory brain diseases could be dampened indirectly via the gut.

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See a summary article in Forbes here.

5 thoughts on “Gut Bacteria May Contribute to Multiple Sclerosis

  1. Do you have a link for this article? The “read more here” is not working for me.
    Is this suggesting that a change in diet or a medication could help lessen the effects of MS? Asking for a friend who is getting progressively worse.

    1. Brian, see the Forbes link below. We don’t yet know all the pathways, so no specific change in diet is recommended. All we know at this point is that there are pathways and there is likely cross-talk between the brain and gut with bacteria being part of the signalling mechanism.

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