‘Weight loss gut bacterium’ found

an image of bacteriaBacteria that live in the gut have been used to reverse obesity and Type-2 diabetes in animal studies.

Research, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that a broth containing a single species of bacteria could dramatically alter the health of obese mice.

It is thought to change the gut lining and the way food is absorbed. Similar tests now need to be take place in people to see if the same bacteria can be used to shed the pounds.

The human body is teeming with bacteria – the tiny organisms outnumber human cells in the body 10 to one. And there is growing evidence that this collection of bacteria or “microbiome” affects health.

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