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Lack of Gut Bacteria Diversity Linked to Higher Risk of Obesity-Related Conditions

A recent study suggests that having fewer varieties of beneficial bacterial species in the gut may make people more likely to develop obesity related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Participants in the study included 123 non-obese and 169 obese adults. The researchers took samples of the bacteria present in their guts and found that there was a significant difference in gut bacteria .

About 23% of the participants had a low level of bacterial richness. Both obese and non-obese individuals were included in that group, which had more marked overall adiposity, insulin resistance, dyslipidaemia, and higher levels of inflammation than the high bacterial richness group.

Additionally, the obese individuals in the lower gut diversity group were more likely to develop cardiovascular conditions than those in the higher diversity group and were more likely to gain weight in later years.

Researchers from VIB in the Netherlands conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on August 28, 2013.

If you’re looking to improve gut bacteria diversity, the solution can be as easy as taking a prebiotic or probiotic supplement. Prebiotics help your body produce the good bacteria called probiotics by serving as food for the friendly bacteria.

Having a varied composition of bacteria in your digestive system is essential for good gut health and for good health overall. Previous studies have linked healthy gut bacteria with strengthening the immune system.

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