Can Bacteria Improve Health of Type 2 Diabetes Patients?

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New discovery offers hope in ongoing battle

Thanks to a professor at Rutgers University, the health care world may soon have a new weapon in the ongoing battle with Type 2 diabetes.

A certain group of “gut bacteria” promoted by a diet high in diverse fibers is leading to better blood glucose control and greater weight loss in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to a recent article in Science.

The study took place over a period of six years and reinforces the notion that a proper diet offers valuable balance in the body’s ecosystem, offering improved digestion and better overall 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.

Zhao’s research was based in his native China and involved a diet highly reliant upon whole grains and traditional Chinese foods rich in dietary fibers and prebiotics. After 12 weeks, patients on the high-fiber diet had greater reduction in a three-month average of blood glucose levels.

SOURCE: World Pharma News

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