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New Research Suggests Prebiotics May Play Role in Diabetes Prevention/Treatment
University of Copenhagen research has showed that the gut microbiota of Diabetes Sufferers differs from "normals" - opening the door to prebiotics' role.
By: Jackson GI Medical Co.
The study, published in the open-access peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, indicates that type-2 diabetes in humans is associated with compositional changes in intestinal microbiota.
That's important because we know that prebiotics are able to reshape and change the gut microbiota: see http://www.jacksongi.com. In theory that means prebiotics may provide a mechanism to prevent or even reverse the gut bacteria imbalance now linked to type-2 diabetes. The study included 36 male adults with a broad range of age and body-mass indices (BMIs), among which 18 subjects were diagnosed with diabetes type 2.
The study is built on earlier research linking gut microflora and obesity: A breakthrough paper published in Nature in December 2006 reported that microbial populations in the gut are different between obese and lean people.
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Page Updated Last on: Mar 02, 2010