People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why – until now…

Up to 90 percent of people with autism suffer from gut problems and now research has found that the same gene mutations – found both in the brain and the gut – could be the cause.

Targeting the gut to treat autism

The discovery, which confirms a gut-brain nervous system link in autism, opens a new direction in the search for potential treatments that could ease behavioural issues associated with autism by targeting the gut.

“We know the brain and gut share many of the same neurons and now for the first time we’ve confirmed that they also share autism-related gene mutations,” says Elisa Hill-Yardin, chief investigator and Associate Professor at RMIT University.

A whole new way of thinking about autism

“Up to 90% of people with autism suffer from gut issues, which can have a significant impact on daily life for them and their families,” says Hill-Yardin.

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“Our findings suggest these gastrointestinal problems may stem from the same mutations in genes that are responsible for brain and behavioural issues in autism.

“It’s a whole new way of thinking about it – for clinicians, families and researchers – and it broadens our horizons in the search for treatments to improve the quality of life for people with autism.”

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