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Alzheimer's Disease Related to Common Stomach Disorder



Helicobacter pylori is a bacteria long associated with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and ulcers.  Now scientists have further linked this common bacterial infection of the stomach to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.  Using histological analysis, the gold standard test for h. pylori infection, researchers determined:


  •  46.7% of control group had h. pylori
  • 88% of those subjects with Alzheimer’s had h. pylori 


In other words, h. pylori infection rates were nearly double in the group with Alzheimer’s disease vs. their non-Alzheimer counterparts suggesting a relationship between this common stomach infection and the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Neurology. 2006 Mar 28;66(6):938-40.




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