In recent times scientists have started to explore the functions and roles of bacteria which can be found in our gut, with a substantial flux of articles which tackle the subject being already available.
As the field which focuses on this particular microbiome is still young, there are a large number of papers which attempt to explore how it influences our health, with some of them being somewhat controversial. However, others manage to reveal new perspectives which could pave the way towards further research and the understanding of a large number of health issues.
A selection of papers infers that there may be a connection between the bacteria found in the gut and the development of depression, obesity, and several neurodegenerative diseases, among which we can count Parkinson’s. Elaborated by American researchers, a new study notes that there may be a link between gut bacteria and high blood pressure.
Gut Bacteria Involved In High Blood Pressure
Previous works infer that approximately 20% of adults who live in the U.S. have gut bacteria which is resistant to medical treatments, a trait which reduces the efficiency of a large number of prescription drugs which should keep blood pressure under control.
The researchers analyzed data which was collected from 41 people who had the ideal pressure levels, 99 people with have hypertension and 56 people who were diagnosed with prehypertension. Several tests revealed that people with hypertension or prehypertension feature a lower level of diversity among gut bacteria, but the specific ties between them and higher blood pressure remain elusive at this point.
The link between high blood pressure and gut bacteria is not surprising since many of the factors which are related to an increase of the blood pressure are also connected to the digestive system. Among them, we can count the consumption of quite salty foods and alcohol drinking. Further research is already underway, and it is thought that the study could contribute to future discoveries. The paper was published in a medical journal.