Microbiome, age-related cognitive loss and dementia

This week I had a one hour interview with a person from the National Psoriasis Organization, they are planning to have the microbiome aspect to psoriasis featured in one of their issues this summer.  During the interview I mentioned that not only was I full recovered from CFS, but actually suspect that my cognitive abilities are better than before the last onset.

We know that moods and other cognitive dimensions can be greatly influence by the microbiome. A few examples:

I know from personal experience that executive function, memory and speed of thought can be greatly influenced by gut bacteria — my own SPECT scan presenting similar to Alzheimer’s disease concurrent with memory issue is a clear demonstration (also see Alzheimer‘s disease and the microbiome. [2013]); and the disappearance of the same with the use of appropriate probiotics. It  raises the issue whether some Alzheimer’s and other dementia diagnosis may be due to microbiome shifts alone. In other words, they may be very treatable.

We also see the microbiome changing “above the age of 55-65 y, populations of bifidobacteria are known to decrease markedly”[2012],  bifidobacteria decline is also seen in CFS.

From this study [2013] we have the top left image showing a major shift of the microbiome with age.

Meta-analyses of studies of the human microbiota

Bottom Line

I believe that the supplementation by various probiotics, especially Bifidobacterium and Prescript-Assist, shifts my gut to a younger profile and thus restore me to better than I was. All speculation, but something to consider.

If you are dealing with someone suffering from mild dementia or cognitive issues, you may wish to see if appropriate probiotic supplementation will help. A good starting point may be to get their microbiome via ubiome.com or AmericanGut.org.