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Correlation Found Between Harmful Gut Bacteria and Diabetes

A recent study suggests a correlation between type-2 diabetes and an imbalance of gut bacteria. Participants in the study with type-2 diabetes were found to have an overabundance of bad bacteria as well as a dearth of good bacteria.

Participants in the study included 345 Chinese adults, 171 of whom had diagnoses of type 2 diabetes. Researchers examined the gut bacteria of all of the participants. Along with the imbalance of gut bacteria, the researchers also found that participants with type-2 diabetes had a more hostile bacterial environment in their intestines. This can increase resistance to some medicine.

The researchers noted that this study does not establish a cause and effect relationship between harmful bacteria and type-2 diabetes. They plan further research to determine if changes in gut bacteria affect the development of type-2 diabetes, or whether the changes occur because the person already has type-2 diabetes.

Researchers at a variety of universities in China and Europe conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on September 26, 2012, in the journal Nature.

Having a varied composition of bacteria in your digestive system is essential for good gut health. Previous studies have linked healthy gut bacteria with strengthening the immune system, better gum health, weight loss, and reducing the risk of chronic disease.

The best way to make sure you have a good variety of bacteria in your system is to eat a varied diet. Good dietary sources of gut bacteria include yogurt, milk and sauerkraut. A high quality probiotic supplement is also a great source but if you choose this option, be sure it is packaged to block light, air and moisture which can easily kill probiotics.

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