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  2. Jul 20, 2023

Constipation Linked to Cognitive Decline

New research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Amsterdam shows that infrequent trips to the bathroom is associated with cognitive aging and decline. People who chronically only have bowel movements every three or more days were found to have a worse cognitive age by 3 years. We know from previous research that gut health, which likely mediates this association, plays an important role in cognition.1,2 Diets low in fat and processed food and high in fiber and plant foods have been shown to improve gut and overall human health.3 


  1. Ma C, Ngouongo Y, Muhammad J. Use of dietary supplements in sports drinks: Constipation Associated with Cognitive Aging and Decline. Presented at: Alzheimer's Association International Conference® (AAIC®); July 19, 2023; Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
  2. Proctor C, Thiennimitr P, Chattipakorn N, Chattipakorn SC. Diet, gut microbiota and cognition. Metab Brain Dis. 2017;32(1):1-17. doi:10.1007/s11011-016-9917-8  
  3. Mazzocchi S, Visaggi P, Baroni L. Plant-based diets in gastrointestinal diseases: Which evidence? Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol. 2023;62-63:101829. doi:10.1016/j.bpg.2023.101829

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