Inflammatory Bowel Disease Might Be Linked to Microplastics Exposure

A new small study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, finds a link between inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and microplastics exposure — people suffering from the condition have more microplastics in their stool compared to those without the disease.Inflammatory Bowel Disease Might Be Linked to Microplastics Exposure

For this study, a team of researchers recruited 52 people with IBD and 50 people without the condition and analyzed fecal samples taken from them. They found that the participants with IBD had significantly more microplastic in their feces than people from the healthy group.

The corresponding author of the study Dr. Yan Zhang of the State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse at the School of Environment at Nanjing University, in China, says: “For the first time, this study reveals that there is a significant difference in the concentration of microplastics in feces from IBD patients and healthy people. Our study also indicates that the characteristics of fecal microplastics are useful to estimate the gut exposure of microplastics.”

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