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Diabetes GI-Digestive

Gut Environment May Influence Type-2 Diabetes

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Posted on Oct 23, 2012, 6 a.m.

Major changes to the profile of a person’s gut bacteria environment may associate with the development of type-2 diabetes.

A meta-genomic study, conducted as part of the EU-based MetaHIT (Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract) project involving eight countries, reveals a prominent association between the gut  bacteria environment and type-2 diabetes.  Oluf Borbye Pedersen, from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and colleagues identified that patients with type-2 diabetes have an imbalance in gut bacteria, specifically an excess of harmful strains and a deficit  of beneficial strains.  The study authors submit that their findings: “demonstrate that these gut microbial markers might be useful for classifying type 2 diabetes.”

Qin J, Li Y, Cai Z, Li S, Zhu J, Zhang F, Kristiansen K, Wang J, et al.  “A metagenome-wide association study of gut microbiota in type 2 diabetes.”  Nature. 2012 Sep 26.

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