Tag: obesity

Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome

Today, for your reading pleasure, a kind of amazing 14 month long clinical trial out of Ben-Gurion University, in Israel![i]  As I am sure you all know, after dieting and losing weight, it is incredibly difficult to keep it off.  I read, not that… Continue Reading “Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome”

New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome

With every passing weeks, it seems like more connections are being  made between the bacterial microbiome and severe COVID-19 infection.  A new paper was pre-published (not yet peer reviewed) late last week looking in  more depth at the microbiota in COVID and what’s happening… Continue Reading “New Info on COVID, the Immune System and the Microbiome”

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk

Not a day goes by that I don’t read something –  a synopsis, an article, an abstract, etc. – about the gut biome, and thus, every single day, I am astounded yet again at the incredible complexity. Last November, I wrote about research looking… Continue Reading “The Microbiome, Its Circadian Rhythms…and Diabetes Risk”

Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers

I found a bunch of new research on helminths and will, over the next month or so, make my way through the papers.  I wanted to share first an article just published by researchers in Australia (where some of the best hookworm (Necator americanus)… Continue Reading “Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes: Helminths May Hold the Answers”

Cool New Research Using Phages to Treat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

New research combines two of my big interests:  looking at ways to manipulate the biome to help reduce today’s epidemic of obesity AND using bacteriophages in a productive way. You’ll all remember that a bacteriophage is a virus that attacks a specific bacteria.  (I’ve… Continue Reading “Cool New Research Using Phages to Treat Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity”

Gut Bacteria, Exercise and Insulin Resistance

I found this really interesting:  did you know that some people “…do not respond or negatively respond to exercise in terms of insulin sensitivity and blood sugar balance for reasons that remain unknown”?  I did not, although I suppose I would have guessed as… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria, Exercise and Insulin Resistance”

A Traditional Japanese Herb, Akkermansia muciniphila, and Health

One of my regular readers (you know who you are, S.!) has written to me several times asking about ways to increase the probiotic species Akkermansia muciniphila, which is not as yet available in probiotic form. I’ve written before about whatever research I could… Continue Reading “A Traditional Japanese Herb, Akkermansia muciniphila, and Health”

An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)

Last week I found what amounts to a business news press release announcing that a microbiome company called LNC Therapeutics has licensed the use of a specific strain of a gut bacteria called Christensenella (which I had never heard of) from the National Research… Continue Reading “An Introduction to a New “Old Friend”: Christensenella (to Treat Anxiety and Depression?)”

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… Continue Reading “Gut Bacteria and Diabetes: Progress on Several Fronts”