Studies in recent years have made it clear how great the influence of the microbiome in the intestines is on our health. The intestinal flora significantly modulates our immune system and communicates with the brain via metabolic products. Current research now shows that intestinal bacteria also influence the health of our bones.
A working group at the Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston (USA) has discovered a previously unknown connection between the intestinal microbiome and bone density. The findings, recently presented in the renowned journal Frontiers in Endocrinology, could revolutionize the understanding of bone health.
Strong bones through a healthy gut microbiome
The gut microbiome is a complex ecosystem of microorganisms in our digestive tract. In recent studies, the intestinal flora has been linked to numerous aspects of our health. The latest research results indicate that intestinal bacteria also play an important role in bone health.
The research group led by Paul C. Okoro and Dr. Douglas P. Kiel dealt intensively with this connection as part of the current study. The results of the study revealed some surprising findings.
These bacteria are linked to poor bone density
Based on two cohorts of older people, it was shown that certain bacteria in the intestine are directly related to bone health. For example, bacterial strains of the Akkermansia type and the Clostridium DTU089 type have been associated with poor bone density in older adults.
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A new field of research
The scientists emphasize that this type of research is still at an early stage and further studies are needed to understand the exact mechanisms in which gut bacteria influence bone health.
However, the research team believes it is possible to promote bone health by specifically changing the intestinal microbiome. This could be a promising approach for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, for example. (vb)