New Research Suggests Gut Bacteria May Be Linked to High Blood Pressure and Depression (American Heart Association Newsroom)

New Research Suggests Gut Bacteria May Be Linked to High Blood Pressure and Depression

A study of bacteria in the gut identified differences between people with high blood pressure compared to those with high blood pressure plus depression, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. 

“People are ‘meta-organisms’ made up of roughly equal numbers of human cells and bacteria. Gut bacteria ecology interacts with our bodily physiology and brains, which may steer some people towards developing high blood pressure and depression,” said Bruce R. Stevens, Ph.D., lead author of the study and professor of physiology & functional genomics, medicine and psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. “In the future, health professionals may target your gut in order to prevent, diagnose and selectively treat different forms of high blood pressure.”

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