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Study suggests probiotics could prevent obesity and insulin resistance

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Posted in Science on 27th Jul, 2014 01:55 AM by AlexMuller

Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that engineered probiotic bacteria (“friendly” bacteria like those in yogurt) in the gut produce a therapeutic compound that inhibits weight gain, insulin resistance, and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice.

 
“Of course it’s hard to speculate from mouse to human,” said senior investigator Sean Davies, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology. “But essentially, we’ve prevented most of the negative consequences of obesity in mice, even though they’re eating a high-fat diet.”
 
The findings published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation (open access) suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut ,the gut microbiota, to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.
 
Davies has a long-standing interest in using probiotic bacteria to deliver drugs to the gut in a sustained manner, in order to eliminate the daily drug regimens associated with chronic diseases. In 2007, he received a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award to develop and test the idea.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-27
+1
This is very promising! It is already known that microbes in the gut have a big effect on health and that their composition can be changed by changing a diet. If the new substance associated with the healthy bacteria can be used as a pill, this would be a real breakthrough Reply


 

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