Your IBS Might Be In Your DNA
The findings of a study recently published in the journal Genome Medicine may help in the prevention of inflammatory bowel disease, or IBS, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Researchers have found that the intestinal bacteria that cause IBS could be hereditary.
This gut bacteria that everyone develops in their youth can continue to impact health throughout the rest of a person’s life. With this study, researchers discovered a link between the DNA of their participants and the DNA of their intestinal bacteria. They found a group of genes that may be influencing the development of the bacterial imbalance that leads to IBS.
The study’s authors noted that about 1.6 million Americans need treatment for Crohn’s or colitis. The discovery of the role of DNA in IBS will affect the development of new drugs for their treatment.