Food Poisoning linked to Crohn’s

Food poisoning is far too common and can be a very unpleasant experience; sometimes leading to serious medical consequences, but new research has indicated that it can have far longer and more serious effects than previously thought.

Researchers at MacMaster University in Hamilton, USA have established a link between food poisoning and Crohn’s in their experiments on mice.

Gastro enteritis is the cause of link to Crohn’s

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The cause of this problem is acute infectious gastroenteritis, a common type of food poisoning. It has emerged that after a serious infection of gastroenteritis there are increased levels of adherent-invasive E. coli (AIEC) in the gut. AIEC is a bacteria implicated in Crohn’s. People suffering Crohn’s have high levels of this bacteria in the gut.

High levels of AIEC bacteria remain after food poisoning is cured

It was found that high levels of AIEC bacteria can remain even after the original gastroenteritis has been cured. This led to symptoms of Crohn’s in mice such as worsened bowel inflammation.

What is Crohn’s disease?

The cause of Crohn’s disease is not known and there is no cure for it. Crohn’s disease is a debilitating and chronic condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Whilst the cause is still not known some sufferers report a link to their diet.

What is known is that the actual mechanism of the disease is complex and involves both the fungus Candida and two types of bacteria working together to form a layer in the intestines that causes the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

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