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Bacteria Promote Diabetes

By Tuesday, 16 August 2016 03:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

We know that Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance (the condition in which cells no longer respond fully to insulin), and that this is linked closely to long-term, smoldering inflammation in the body.

What many people — even healthcare professionals — don’t understand is that certain bacteria are one of the causes of that smoldering inflammation.

Studies have examined the colon bacteria of diabetics and compared them to healthy individuals. Researchers found that diabetics most often have an overgrowth of certain types of bacteria — called Bacteroidetes and Proteobacteria — in their colons.

This causes a condition called dysbiosis, which is an imbalance of bacteria in the gut.
The bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract also influence Type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.

Such bacteria play major roles in the development of the immune system and in allowing it to function at peak effectiveness.

Interaction between gut bacteria and the immune system takes place every minute of every day. It’s like having a constant immune tune-up going on. But when the mix of bacteria in the colon is not right, it can cause the immune system to malfunction.

We are now seeing a link between gut dysbiosis and autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes.

The best thing you can do to prevent dysbiosis is maintain a healthy diet. High-fat, high-sugar diets and artificial sweeteners cause dysbiosis and can lead to a leaky gut, setting the stage for a life of chronic inflammation and poor health.

Taking probiotics, or “good bacteria,” helps to restore the bacterial balance of the gut.

This is especially important if you take an antibiotic or are being treated with chemotherapy or radiation. What should a good probiotic contain? The answer is not entirely clear, as more research needs to be done to determine the exact role of each probiotic organism.

We do, however, know that certain organisms are effective anti-inflammatories.

Probiotic doses are measured in a unit called colony forming (CFUs). To get the best results, a probiotic should contain 5 billion CFUs of each of these types of bacteria:

• Lactobacillus paracasei

• Lactobacillus rhamnosus

• Lactobacillus acidophilus

• Bifidobacterium lactis

• Other species of bifidobacterium

Another important factor in digestive health is prebiotics, which are chemicals that are eaten by the gut bacteria.

Several prebiotics have been isolated. For instance, fructooligosaccharides feed the bifidobacteria species. These probiotic bacteria are especially important because they secrete antimicrobial compounds that prevent the harmful forms of bacteria such as Clostridium difficile, from overgrowing.

Here are some other ways to maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria:

• Avoid regular use of antacids and medications that lower stomach acid, especially if you are older. If you are having problems with digestion and reflux, take either a capsule of betaine HCL or use a teaspoon of organic vinegar mixed with 4 ounces of water with each meal.

• Avoid constipation by taking magnesium supplements daily. Sustained-release magnesium malate softens the stool without causing diarrhea. Chronic constipation is commonly associated with dysbiosis.

• Drink plenty of purified water and white tea. Flavonoids in the tea have been shown to protect the good bacteria in the gut.

• Avoid the excessive use of antibacterial soaps.

• Take at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 and 300 mg of DHA daily.

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