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Aging puts the body at higher risk of gut health problems. This is due to a variety of factors including a weakened immune system, nutrition status, and the increased use of medications due to other health problems.
Our gut microbiome consists of a carefully balanced system full of beneficial and, at times, harmful microbes. An unbalanced gut microbiome at best means stomach upsets. At worst, it can lead to life-threatening illnesses.
A poor immune system gives less protection against harmful microbes, and combined with increased medication often disturbs the microbiome, leaving room for them to grow.
of diarrheal illnesses occur in elderly people
are spent annually treating gut infections in the United States
of older adults have one or more age related gut symptoms a year