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Checked For You: Anorexia may be caused by bacterial infection, say scientists

Scientists have suggested that anorexia may be caused by bacteria which confuse the immune system, leading it to attack the brain and trigger feelings of personal disgust.

The theory mentions for the first time that the eating disorder has been linked to a physical infection, in contrast to the traditional view which blames psychological, environmental and social factors. Experts from Lancaster University and Morecambe Bay NHS Trust also believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have similar pathologies. They say it ‘stretches credibility’ to think that such serious conditions are simply the result of mental trauma or psychosocial problems.

Also, researchers pointed to the fact that women are far more susceptible to auto-immune diseases – such as pernicious anaemia – where the body’s own immune system begins to attack healthy cells. Likewise women are around 10 times more likely to suffer from anorexia, IBS and CFS suggesting the cause may be similar.

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Source: The Telegraph

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