Category: Metabolic Syndrome

Gut Bacteria and Diabetes: Progress on Several Fronts

Several new studies have recently been published examining the relationship between gut bacteria and diabetes.  With one in ten people in the United States suffering from diabetes (which doesn’t include those with metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance, which would greatly inflate that number), we desperately need…

Response to Prebiotics Depends on Your Existing Gut Bacteria

This is a small, but I thought really interesting, study and I guess I’m not alone in finding it significant:  it was published in a premier medical journal, Gut.[i]  It’s a great illustration of the complexity of gut biome optimization because of the individuality…

Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders: Are Helminths a Solution?

According to the CDC, about 10% of the United States’ population now has diabetes, and 90-95% of those have type 2.[i]  That is tens of millions of people in this country alone, let alone world-wide.  I need you to be sitting when I tell…

Bile Acids and Your Microbiome (It May Not Sound Sexy but…They are a Huge Factor in Health)

Ok, it’s time for me to tackle a topic that is totally new to me. Today’s subject:  bile acids.  It may not sound exciting but it turns out, bile acids have a huge part to play in your health, and that effect is based…

New Research into the Negative Side of Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Too Much of a Good Thing

I have spent a fair bit of virtual ink over the years talking about both the positives and the negatives of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), mentioning that indeed, you really can have too much of a good thing.  For example, as healthy as…

High-Fat Meals, the Gut’s Endocrine System and Bacteria

As you know, there are certain topics that are of particular interest to me including autism; Parkinson’s; -omes, other than just the bacterial microbiome; neglected illnesses like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia; obesity; etc.; and of course, diet and its relationship to the organisms of…

Organophosphates: Yet Another Environmental Toxin that Adversely Affects the Gut Biome and Health

Another popular request, courtesy of the survey I ran a couple of weeks ago, was for more information on how environmental toxins may affect the human biome.  I wrote about the herbicide, glyphosate (that’s found in Roundup), several months ago, and while the role…

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be…

Propionic Acid: A Culprit in Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction?

As promised on Tuesday, today is the last post in my continuing propionic acid series  as we wrap up not-celebrating the Biome Buzz’ official First Annual Propionic Acid week.  Today’s post is about just how suspect it is for all our health. A study…

Yet MORE on Akkermansia, This Time as a Pasteurized Probiotic!

A few weeks back, I shared a post about a recent study that looked at using our old friend, Akkermansia muciniphila (a quick summary of some of the findings re:  this probiotic bacteria are in a postscript below) to improve glucose tolerance and insulin levels. …