Researchers recently released their findings suggesting gut bacteria may have an effect on how quickly people age.
The complex environment of the human gut is home to billions of bacteria, creating an essential ecosystem that actively supports the maintenance of a person’s health.
According to recent findings published in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, the variety of microbes found in the gut may affect aging and physical health.
A study looks at how gut flora affects how quickly people age.
A group from the Hungarian University of Sports Science carried out the study. According to Professor Zsolt Radak, the study’s lead author, the findings may open up opportunities for utilizing probiotics’ potential to improve health and lengthen life.
Radak and his team studied the interactions between the richness of the gut microbiome, biological age (which reflects our general health condition rather than our chronological age), and the level of physical fitness in a cohort of 80 amateur rowers working out of Budapest.
A study examines the connection between gut flora and how quickly people age.
The investigation was conducted by a team from the Hungarian University of Sports Science. The study’s principal investigator, Professor Zsolt Radak, believes that the results may present chances for using probiotics’ potential to enhance health and lengthen life.
Working out of Budapest, Radak and his team investigated the relationships between the diversity of the gut microbiome, biological age (which reflects our overall health state rather than our chronological age), and level of physical fitness in a cohort made up of 80 amateur rowers.
The quality of our cells can be influenced by factors related to lifestyle, diet, and environmental exposure, which can then have an impact on our general health and the ageing process.
This cellular deterioration can be measured using epigenetic markers, which provide a window into our “epigenetic clocks,” often known as our “biological age.”
No clear cause-and-effect connection
In contrast to the widely held belief that having more bacteria is a sign of better health, the studies put forth a crucial link between gut microbes, inflammation, physical fitness, and the aging process, according to Radak.
The study did not, however, show a clear cause-and-effect connection. It is conceivable that athletes’ food choices, which appear to be healthier, maybe having a positive impact on the growth of good gut flora.
Radak was eager to emphasize, however, that “these bacteria do not relate to chronological aging” in an interview with Euronews. It follows that these microorganisms are actually involved in DNA methylation ageing (also known as epigenetic ageing) and are not the outcome of [chronological] ageing, which I find to be a rather intriguing observation.