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Gut Bacteria Associated With Stroke and Atherosclerosis

A recent study suggests that the type of bacteria you have in your gut may be associated with a higher risk of stroke and atherosclerosis. Researchers believe that the type of bacteria in the gut can alter levels of inflammation and affect metabolic pathways.

In order to determine the differences between healthy subjects and those who had suffered from stroke or atherosclerosis, the researchers performed genetic sequencing on the gut metagenome and found significant differences between the two groups. Specifically, the atherosclerosis group had more of the genus Collinsella, while the healthy groups had more Roseburia and Eubacterium.

The researchers stated that, while they could not determine causality, there was a definite associated between the composition of gut microbiota and the risk of stroke and atherosclerosis.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. It was published on December 4, 2012, in the journal Nature Communications.

Having a varied composition of bacteria in your digestive system is essential for good gut health. Previous studies have linked healthy gut bacteria with strengthening the immune system, better gum health, weight loss, and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

The best way to make sure you have a good variety of bacteria in your system is to eat a varied diet. Good dietary sources of gut bacteria include yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. A high quality probiotic supplement is also a great source but if you choose this option, be sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.

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