By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com
For several years, researchers have been exploring the role of good bacteria–probiotics–and obesity, zeroing in on the relationship between the two. Now a new review highlights the potential for probiotics to be beneficial in a disease closely associated with obesity: diabetes.
Probiotics may be good for diabetes
The human intestinal tract harbors an incredible number (estimated 10 to the 14th power) of microorganisms, collectively referred to as colonic flora or gut microbiota, and composed of both “good” and “bad” (disease-causing) bacteria. Research has suggested that the colonic flora have an impact on how the body acquires nutrients and regulates energy, and that obese and lean individuals harbor some differences in their gut microbiota.