A new study finds that compared to healthy controls, people with Parkinson’s disease appear to have distinctly different gut bacteria. They have hardly any bacteria from one family and the amount present from another family seems to increase with disease severity. The study, led by the University of Helsinki Institute of Biotechnology in Finland, is published in the journal Movement Disorders.
- For the first time, researchers have found a functional link between the bacteria in the gut and the onset of Parkinson’s disease, one of the world’s most common debilitating brain disorders.
- The best target for treatment may be the gut, rather than the brain.
- Patients lose motor function, experience tremors and shaking, and suffer other physical and mental effects.
“The findings suggest a new way of treating the disease: The best target for treatment may be the gut, rather than the brain.”