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IBD Linked to Doubling in Dementia Risk

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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, is linked to a more than doubling in the risk of developing dementia, finds research published online in the journal Gut.

What’s more, dementia was diagnosed around 7 years earlier in people with IBD than it was in those without this gut condition, the findings of this large population-based study show.

Mounting evidence suggests that communication between the gut, its resident bacteria (microbiome), and the central nervous system, known as the ‘gut-brain axis,’ is implicated in various aspects of health and disease.

While the cause ...