Fiber-fermenting bacteria improve the health of type 2 diabetes patients (Rutger’s University)

Fiber-fermenting bacteria improve the health of type 2 diabetes patients (Rutger’s University)

“Promotion of a select group of #gut #bacteria by a diet high in diverse #fibers led to better blood #glucose control, greater #weight loss and better #lipid levels in people with type 2 #diabetes, according to research published today in Science.”

The study, underway for six years, provides evidence that eating more of the right dietary fibers may rebalance the gut microbiota, or the ecosystem of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract that help digest food and are important for overall human health.

“Our study lays the foundation and opens the possibility that fibers targeting this group of gut bacteria could eventually become a major part of your diet and your treatment,” said Liping Zhao, the study’s lead author and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180308143047.htm

Photo Credit: Tao Liu and Xiaoyan Pang/Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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