There is burgeoning evidence that gut health and the microbiome have direct links to artery disease. Arterial disease is the main way we develop cardiovascular problems. When arterial plaque develops it can cause either a stroke or heart attack when it ruptures. The plaque may also become so extensive that it completely blocks the artery over time. Additionally, arterial disease in the brain is a common cause of dementia. SIBO and Its Association with Other Diseases Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is the presence of excess colonic bacteria in the small intestine. In contrast to the large intestine, the concentration of the bacteria in the small intestine rarely exceeds 1,000 organisms/ml. This is because gastric acid secretion and intestinal motility limit the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine. When these protective mechanisms against excessive bacterial growth fail, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) can result. SIBO is associated with several symptoms that typically include gas, abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating. This condition may also irritate the liver. Associations with other diseases have been established and they include rosacea, interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, restless leg syndrome, and fibromyalgia.  Related Post: New Research on the Cause of SIBO The...