Can diabetes be prevented by supporting our gut flora?
According to a new report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), ten pence in every pound of the primary care prescribing bill in England is being spent on managing diabetes (e.g. for insulin, anti-diabetic drugs), and the number of patients being diagnosed with this long-term condition is rising each year. Diabetes prevention, therefore, is increasingly important…
Probiotic bacteria for better blood sugar
The first ever large analysis of clinical studies has shown that probiotic supplements are an effective way to prevent and control hyperglycaemia.
Poor blood glucose control is a risk factor for several chronic diseases, including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. And although diet and exercise are important risk factors for bad blood sugar, so are bad gut bacteria.
Gut bacteria have been linked to changes in blood glucose metabolism in animal studies as well as humans, possibly by influencing oxidative stress, inflammation and/ or circulating endotoxin throughout your body. Probiotic supplements can improve gut bacterial health and some, but not all, studies suggest they can improve blood glucose metabolism.
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