Updated on March 11, 2015
Gut bacteria linked to diabetes
Earlier, the gut bacteria link to rheumatoid arthritis has been proven. And now, an elevated risk for developing type 2 diabetes in people who have more harmful intestinal bacteria has been proven, as per a research presented by University of Illinois at Chicago endocrinologist Dr. Irina Ciubotaru at the ENDO 2015 meeting in San Diego. This study provides additional reasons for doctors and nutritionists to recommend prebiotics and probiotics, which improve the growth and activity of helpful gut bacteria.
Our gut microbiota helps us digest food, fights infections and plays an important role in keeping the immune system healthy. It is greatly influenced by genetics, diet and other environmental factors. Previous research has implicated an unhealthy or unbalanced microbiota as a contributing factor to metabolic disorders, including obesity and diabetes, and the “leaky gut” and RA connection, specifically for patients who have candida, is well known. Hence, changing the mix of healthy bacteria can change your body’s response to disease. Even for certain kinds of cancers, a simultaneous infusion of healthy bacteria in the gut helps up immunity, which helps kill cancer cells.
To increase good bacteria in your gut, increase your intake of raw fruits and vegetables to expel the bad bacterial, and consume more of cruciferous vegetables, yoghurt, bananas and blueberries, and consume probiotic supplements with at least 3 strains of bacteria. Good strains are lactobacillus acidophyllus, bifidobacteria bifidum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, lactobacillus fermentum. Look for these strains on the label, and choose one that uses either a controlled-release technology or the beadlet formulation and states that refrigeration is not necessary. This would have protected the bacteria.