Can Someone Else's Poop Help Diabetes? - Regenexx
The sheer volume of whats being discovered now about how the bacteria in our gut determine our physical and mental health is overwhelming. Literally, if your gut bacteria are screwed up, this can be linked with many different diseases and being overweight. Hence, if you remove the ick factor, it makes sense that if you took gut bacteria from a healthy person and transplanted it into someone who is sick, this may help the recipient. This mornings study authors did just that with patients who had type-2 diabetes, and what they found may rock the foundations of the pharma world.
Why Are Researchers so Interested in Our Feces?
Weve seen a lot of good research in recent years linking health to the conditions in our microbiome, or the bacteria inside our gut and poop. For example, last month we covered a study that found that losing weight isnt just about eating right; its also about having the right gut bacteria . Subjects on the New Nordic Diet who also had a higher ratio of Prevotella to Bacteroides bacteria lost body fat while those on the same diet with a lower ratio of Prevotella to Bacteroides bacteria did not.
If its not just about diet, what can we do to make our gut bacteria healthy? To control blood sugar and weight, probiotic supplements containing the more common bacterial strains(e.g., Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, andBifidobacterium animalis) have been shown to be beneficial, and these strains also help regulate gut inflammation.
Ill get to the study in a moment, but first lets look at more links between health and our gut bacteria.
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