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Forget sugar - stomach bacteria could be behind your diabetes

by , 23 January 2013

Fact: Diabetes may not always be caused by what you put into your stomach. Studies show it could be caused by what’s already in there...

According to Prevention.com, in a recent study scientists in China pulled genetic data from the waste samples of 345 people, including people with and without diabetes, to assess the bacterial composition of their intestines. 
What did the study uncover?
Diabetics –especially those with type II diabetes –are far more likely to harbour an excess of bad gut bacteria in the stomach than people not affected by the disease. 
This doesn’t prove the gut bacteria causes diabetes, but it does show a link between the two. 
Three ways to keep you blood sugar in check and ensure you have a good balance of gut bacteria
The truth is, even small changes in your gut bacteria can affect your overall health. 
To keep it balanced:
  1. Exercise regularly – working out helps your body regulate its insulin and blood sugar levels.
  2. Eating right - According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, losing just 5% of your body weight could reduce your risk of developing diabetes by up to 70%.
  3. Take a probiotic during to a course of antibiotics and a few weeks after to tip the balance of good gut bacteria in your favour. 
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