Tag: "Gut Bacteria"

Metformin Could Act By Altering Gut Bacteria

| June 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

The drug metformin is the mainstay of conventional type 2 diabetes treatment and has been in clinical use for the last 60 years. Despite this, scientists still don’t have a clear understanding of how it works. But a new study shows metformin may lower blood sugar through its effects on our gut bacteria. Researchers at […]

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Chilli Peppers Reduce Gut Inflammation In Type 1 Diabetes

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Scientists have thought for some time that there must be a connection between gut health and type 1 diabetes (T1D). As I mentioned in earlier posts here and here, beneficial bacteria in the gut (known as the microbiome) appear to protect against the condition, while the frequent use of antibiotics increases the risk. Earlier this year, Italian researchers […]

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Probiotics, Prebiotics­ And Now, Postbiotics Could Aid Blood Sugar Control

| May 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Probiotics – supplements of live, beneficial bacteria that help to boost or balance your natural “microbiome” – have become a big success story. They not only help improve digestion and gut health but can also regulate the immune system and support physical and mental health in numerous ways. They may even help to prevent type […]

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What You Can Do To Help Protect Your Child From Type 1 Diabetes

| February 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post a study that shows people with type 1 diabetes have different gut bacteria from non-diabetics and a typical kind of inflammation in their gut. Another new review explains how the right balance of gut bacteria (the microbiome) is essential for the immune system to develop and function correctly […]

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How To Fight Infections Without Antibiotics

| October 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

As mentioned in my last blog post, antibiotics given to children could increase their risk of type 1 diabetes. Antibiotics are valuable for treating life-threatening bacterial infections, such as meningitis and pneumonia. But they shouldn’t be handed out for every sniffle or high temperature – and of course, they are useless against the viruses that […]

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Antibiotics Could Increase Type 1 Diabetes Risk

| September 27, 2016 | Comments (0)

I have talked before on The Real Diabetes Truth, here and here, about the way a healthy population of gut bacteria could help prevent type 1 diabetes. And how giving babies a probiotic supplement in their first four weeks of life could guard against this auto-immune form of the illness. Now, studies suggest the opposite […]

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Gut Bacteria And Metabolic Health

| March 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Do you know that you are only one tenth human? No, I haven’t been watching “The X-Files”. While we each have around 10 trillion body cells, another 100 trillion microbial cells reside in our intestines. And they are not just passengers. More and more, scientists are discovering just how intimately our gut bacteria – collectively […]

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Bacteria That Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

| September 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

I recently told you here about a harmful strain of bacteria that can cause type 2 diabetes. But bacteria aren’t all bad. It seems that the right kind of friendly bacteria in your gut could prevent type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which immune system cells attack insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas. And having […]

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