Category: Metabolic Syndrome

2018: My Top 10 List of Favorite Stories!

My longer-time readers know that, as we close out another year, I like to take a look back at some of my favorite research stories from these past 12 months.  So here it is…Judy’s “the best of 2018” top 10 list, in chronological order:…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 2

As I promised last Thursday, I’ll finish talking about the article[i] on aging, the microbiome,  and senescence today. A quick summary of my last post:  the evidence currently available points to a depletion of the microbiota as we age (from diet (for example, older…

Senescence, Aging…and the Microbiome: Part 1

Yesterday evening, I read about a study[i] done by scientists at the University of Salford, in Manchester, UK, that fascinated me enough that it sent me into one of my I-can’t-stop-reading jags. First, a brief explanation:  senescent cells are old cells that have lost…

Staying Young, Healthy and Chock Full of Akkermansia

You know how whenever you learn a new word, for example, suddenly it appears everywhere?  I have been having that experience of late with all kinds of tie-ins to recent posts.  Coincidences or…is it just that the Biome Buzz is so trending that I’m…

Boosting Levels of Akkermansia to Improve Glucose Metabolism

After my last blog post about microbiome changes in Alzheimer’s, including a depletion of the bacteria, Akkermansia, I became curious.  It is not as yet included in any commercial probiotic so I got to wondering if there were any known ways of boosting levels….

GMO Probiotics?

A corollary truth to the conclusion of my last post, “Mother Nature knows best,” is that tinkering with her finely tuned system can cause massive changes downstream.  There’s definitely a biological butterfly effect to consider. (For those not familiar, the Butterfly Effect is defined…

2 New Helminth Papers: IBD and Obesity

Two new papers have just come out that provide yet more proof of the importance helminths play in health and a modulated immune response. The first paper[i], published in the American Journal of Physiology, looked at using Hymenolepis diminuta (HD) to prevent inflammatory bowel…

More Great Diet Research…or…Eat More Fiber

According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have type 2 diabetes.  Another 86 million American adults (more than 1/3 of the population) have pre-diabetes,  and within 5 years, up to 30% of these will develop it.[i]  The numbers are equally grim in…

Personalized Nutrition: The Future Has Arrived

I found such an interesting article[i] yesterday in the Wall Street Journal about new companies that offer microbiome testing in order to help optimize the diet.  I’ve never had any doubt that this was the wave of the future (and in fact have posted…

A New Year’s Resolution Worth Making

I got an email today from a friend who told me that her New Year’s resolutions were to avoid toxic situations…and to eat more kale.  I laughed.  But upon reflection…not bad choices, either of them.  We should all be making a resolution to eat…

News Flash: Processed Foods are Not Good for You :-)

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, looked at how food preservatives affect the microbiota.[i]  Using a mouse model, over the course of 15 weeks, they noticed that a particular preservative they tested, “…temporarily perturbed the diversity of microbes in the mouse gut, but…

New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

This morning I stumbled across some interesting research on alterations in the microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).[i]  I have written before about recent studies suggesting that such alterations lead to the amyloid deposits in the brain that are characteristics of the disease. Researchers at…