Restless legs syndrome linked to the gut microbiome

Small-intestinal bacterial overgrowth was found in all patients in a small pilot study

Overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine may be much more common in people with restless legs syndrome than in the general population, a small pilot study suggests.

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Seven participants in the study returned faecal samples revealing small-intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a condition thought to occur in between 6% and 15% of the population at large, according to data presented in June at Sleep 2019, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Texas, US.

The researchers collected faecal samples and