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Monday, May 13, 2013

Good gut bacteria could provide new treatment for obesity and diabetes

Scientists have discovered a type of gut bacteria that could protect against obesity and help treat type 2 diabetes.
The breakthrough suggests foods that stimulate the production of the bacteria in the digestive system could help burn off pounds quicker than by eating less or exercising more.

A study found that the levels of gut bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila were compromised in obese and type-2 diabetic mice. 

Scientists discovered that probiotics - fibres found in foods such as bananas - helped maintain gut bacteria that boost a person's metabolism
Scientists discovered that probiotics - fibres found in foods such as bananas - helped maintain gut bacteria that boost a person's metabolism

But feeding them oligofructose prebiotics - a dietary supplement to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria - boosted the bacteria back to normal levels.
This in turn led to a faster metabolism which helped the lab rodents shed weight. They also suffered less inflammation and lowered their insulin resistance, a symptom of type 2 diabetes.

The amount of chemicals called endocannabinoids that control glucose also rose, according to the findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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