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Bipolar Disorder and the Gut Microbiome

Bipolar Disorder and the Gut Microbiome
Gastrointestinal conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are common in people with bipolar disorder, the latest research shows.

For example, a  p Neuropsychobiology  found that people with bipolar disorder tend to have differences in the composition of their microbiome and more gastrointestinal illnesses than people without the disorder.strong Many patients with bipolar disorder have gastrointestinal illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and research suggests this may be linked to dysfunction within the gut microbiome,” says  p , an integrative and functional medicine physician at Kellman Wellness Center in New York City, and author of  The Microbiome Diet .Scientists are studying this relationship in part because it could lead to other treatments for bipolar disorder, alongside standard therapies like medication, to help improve the lives of people with this condition, according to the authors of the previously mentioned review in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences .A  p Medicine  found that people with IBS were twice as likely to have bipolar disorder than people without IBS.

And while everyone’s gut composition is unique, people with mental health conditions like bipolar disorder appear to have fewer healthy microorganisms and more unhealthy ones in their stomach and intestines.Specifically, people with bipolar disorder may have decreased levels Faecalibacterium , one of the most important kinds of bacteria in the human gut microbiome, according to a small  p Journal of Psychiatric Research .

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