Extremely healthy seniors appear to have the same bacterial composition in their guts as healthy 30-year-olds, shows new research.
The new study was carried out by researchers at the Lawson Health Research Institute of Western University in Ontario, Canada, in collaboration with those at the Tianyi Health Science Institute in Zhenjiang, China.
The scientists analyzed the gut microbiota of more than 1,000 very healthy individuals aged between 3 and 100 years, and the findings were published in the journal mSphere.
Greg Gloor, a professor at Western University's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, is the senior investigator of the study. The first author of the paper is Gaorui Bian, of the Tianyi Health Science Institute.