Protecting the guardians A guardian gene that protects against type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases exerts its pancreas-shielding effects by altering the gut microbiota. Experiments in mice born with the protective gene show that exposure to antibiotics during critical windows of development fuels risk for type 1 diabetes and leads to loss of genetic protection by altering the gut microbiota. Scientists say the findings underscore the importance of avoiding antibiotic use during late pregnancy and early infancy.

Autoimmune diseases increase cardiovascular and mortality risk Autoimmune diseases significantly increase cardiovascular risk as well as overall mortality, new research confirms. This is particularly pronounced in people suffering rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosus. In addition, it has been seen that inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, increase the risk of stroke and death through any cause.

Young adults, especially men, fall behind in high blood pressure treatment and control Awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is significantly lower in young adults compared to middle-aged and older adults. Young men lag behind young women in all these areas related to high blood pressure. Researchers urge all adults to check their blood pressure frequently.