Study pinpoints good gut bacteria that ferment fiber into acids, ultimately improving insulin regulation

Study pinpoints good gut bacteria that ferment fiber into acids, ultimately improving insulin regulation

“New research” published online in the journal Science “suggests that dietary fibers actually play a critical role in feeding the trillions of microbes that reside in our bodies, known collectively as the microbiome.” What’s more, “specifically for people with type 2 diabetes, a high-fiber diet along with a favorable gut microbiome can keep patients’ blood sugar and body weight under control,” the study found. Chinese researchers even pinpointed “the specific ‘good’ bacteria that ferment fiber into acids, and ultimately improve insulin regulation.”

This is probably the future of all medical interventions.  The microbiome has been identified to be different in a patient prior to and after bariatric surgery (it happens with each of them).  It is becoming clear that the types of bacteria which occupy our intestines matter.  Whether or not we will get to the point of taking specific bacterial supplements any time soon is unclear.  What IS clear is that there are some good guys and some bad guys among the bacteria present.  This study is the tip of the iceberg which will probably radically change how we all are treated for disease in the future.  For the time being, its interesting but experimental.  Bariatric surgery is currently the most powerful intervention in patients with Type II diabetes, that much is well known.  Why it is so effective is still not entirely clear.  The high fiber diet referred to above may represent one more thing which can give you advantage against the disease.

It’s worth consideration.

Best in Health,

The NJBI Team