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Gut microbe may fight obesity and diabetes

Contributed by qweng on Aug 08, 2013 - 09:07 AM

Recent evidence is showing us that hundreds or even thousands of microbes in our gut is contributing to human health more than just aiding digestion.  A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences led by Patrice Cani and her team, who study the relationship between gut bacteria and metabolism, suggested that a specific gut microbe in the human body could help against obesity and metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2. The specific gut bacterium, Akkermansia muciniphilia, makes up around 3-5% of the microbes in a healthy gut and can fluctuate depending on the diet. 

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