Study finds fecal transplant may be ‘spring of youth’ for cognitive function

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have announced that fecal transplants may be the “spring of youth” for cognitive function. The treatment, which is commonly used to respond to patients with thyrobacter difficile infections, has become an interesting topic in some studies involving gut bacteria and their potential role in human health. Transplanting bacteria from older subjects to younger subjects can cause changes in gut bacteria associated with deteriorating memory and learning, the new study found.

Study finds fecal transplant may be 'spring of youth' for cognitive function

Fecal transplants take stool samples from healthy subjects and transplant them to unhealthy subjects, as you can imagine with the words you see. The procedure is not risk-free, but may be a promising treatment for certain dysfunctions associated with gut bacteria. Many studies in recent years have linked healthy gut bacteria to overall health — unfortunately, the bacteria seem to age with us and change with age.

For now, cognitive decline is a necessary result of age, but it may not be the case in the future. Scientists are looking for ways to maintain or improve cognitive function in an aging population, helping them remain independent while delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

The new study, which involved mice, not humans, found that transplanting the faeces of older mice into young mice could lead to significant changes in their gut bacteria. This change has a negative impact on cognitive function, and the researchers report a decline in memory and spatial learning in rodents.

One of the researchers behind the study, Dr. David Vauzour of the UEA Norwich School of Medicine, explained. This process has an effect on the expression of proteins in the key functions of the hema body, which is an important part of the brain and plays a vital role in memory, learning and other functions, as well as in spatial navigation, emotional behavior and emotions. In short, young mice began to behave like older mice in cognitive function.

The results raised hopes that the reversal procedure could have the opposite effect — transplanting the feces of younger, healthier subjects into older subjects could trigger beneficial changes in gut bacteria that could reverse cognitive decline in the subjects. Of course, whether this will happen needs to be studied.