Gut bacteria can prevent diabetes and heart disease

Your digestive system is completely in charge of your health because you are what you eat.

“We’ve filled in a lot of the details about how it works. It’s the loss of TLR5 on the epithelium, the cells that line the surface of the intestine and their ability to quickly respond to bacteria. That ability goes away and results in a more aggressive bacterial population that gets closer in and produces substances that drive inflammation”

Dr Andrew Gewirtz, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, USA, November 2014.

What has this latest study confirmed again about our powerful digestive area?

  • Healthy bacteria balance “can treat or prevent metabolic disorders like diabetes and heart disease”
  • Your bowel bacteria plays a crucial role in promoting or preventing metabolic syndrome
  • If you have metabolic syndrome, you have double the risk of heart disease
  • If you have metabolic syndrome, you have 5 times the risk of diabetes

Study by Dr Andrew Gewirtz, professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, Georgia State University, and researchers from Cornell University, as published in journal Science and in the journal Gastroenterology, November 2014.


 

Posted: Wednesday 22 April 2015