Lauren Lindstrom of the Blade reports Bacteria in your gut — millions of microorganisms found in the intestines — could help unlock key information about how to better regulate and prevent high blood pressure. Researchers at the University of Toledo were recently awarded a four-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for further study. The big question: How gut bacteria, dictated by inherited genes and changed by environmental choices such diet, affects blood pressure.
Bina Joe, chair of the University of Toledo’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and director of the Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine, was recently awarded a $2.6 million grant to study how gut bacteria affect high blood pressure. “There are very few groups working with this idea, so we are really pioneering [it] in the U.S.,” said Bina Joe, chair of UT’s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and director of the Center for Hypertension and Personalized Medicine. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a critical health concern affecting millions of Americans, Ms. Joe said.