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Probiotic Treatments and Metabolic Syndrome

By    |   Monday, 28 Dec 2015 02:53 PM

In addition to increasing digestive health, taking probiotics may be beneficial for patients with metabolic syndrome.

"Metabolic syndrome is the name for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke," according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Risk factors include abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar levels.

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Some studies suggest probiotics — the healthy bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract — may help with weight management as patients who use them experience balance in gut flora, ability to have less food intake, and decreases in inflammation, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Most notably, probiotics may counteract dangerous effects of diet choices high in fat, Mercola.com reports. Foods high in sugar and trans fat stimulates the growth of bad bacteria.

Reductions in tissue inflammation and metabolic endotaxaemia cause the beneficial effects probiotics have on those with metabolic syndrome, according to a study cited by NutraIngrediants.com. Specifically, the research showed improvement in glucose production, fasting glycemia, and insulin rates.

Whole Foods Magazine notes that in addition to treating those with metabolic syndrome, probiotics may be effective in preventing the development of it.

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People who are obese tend to have an off-canter balance of flora in their gut while lean individuals tend to have more of diversity, Mercola.com states. Inflammation caused by bacteria may contribute to gaining weight and lead to difficulty in getting rid of it.

Viruses may also contribute to obesity, according to Mercola.com. Since having plenty of good bacteria in the gut helps protect the immune system, probiotics may also help with combating metabolic syndrome influenced by viruses.

Other probiotic study results yielded that the liver showed decreases in enzyme production, indicating improved function of the organ, Nutritional Outlook reported.

Studies show patients taking probiotics report improvement in abdominal bloating and irritable bowel syndrome, according to Nutritional Outlook. Other research showed probiotics increase gut barrier function, which may lead to a decrease in occurrences and severity of stomach pains.

More information, however, is needed in order to assess efficiency and credibility of probiotics’ effect on metabolic syndrome patients, the NCBI notes.

Further data on the best dosage and specific genera of probiotics that facilitate these changes is needed as well, according to Nutritional Outlook.

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