Gut Bacteria Linked to Diabetes Development, Study Finds
A new study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that gut bacteria may play a pivotal role in the development of diabetes. The study found that people with diabetes have different types of gut bacteria than people without diabetes. Specifically, the researchers found that people with diabetes had higher levels of certain bacteria that are known to produce substances that can contribute to inflammation and insulin resistance, which are both linked to diabetes.
More specifically, high levels of the microbe called Coprococcus has been found to improve insulin sensitivity. While high levels of the microbe Flavonifractor were found to be connected with decreased insulin sensitivity. Suggesting that the microbes in our gut play an important role in metabolic syndrome and the development of diabetes.
“The big question we’re hoping to address is: Did the microbiome differences cause diabetes, or did diabetes cause the microbiome differences?” says senior author Mark Goodarzi, MD, Ph.D.
The study is still in its early stages, and more research is needed to fully understand the relationship between gut bacteria and diabetes. However, the findings suggest that targeting the gut bacteria could be a promising approach for preventing or treating diabetes in the future.