Dietary FiberPublished on: 6 Jan, 2023
Fecal Transplants: The Secret to Long Life?Published on: 8 Oct, 2022
Research published earlier this year found that fecal microbiota transplants from young mice to older mice can successfully reverse the signs of aging in the brain, eyes, and gut of the older mice. Scientists believe it may be possible to achieve the same in humans; they also believe that future scientific evidence may support the use of fecal microbiota transplants for the treatment of autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. However, finding healthy fecal donors is surprisingly difficult. One way to overcome this may be to allow patients to collect a stool sample during their younger years, before most chronic medical issues arise, and storing the sample in a stool bank for transplant later on in life. While scientific evidence does not quite back up this approach yet, some researchers say that we should not wait, so that the fecal samples are available once the science catches up.