Certain Gut Bacteria Tied to Lower Risk of Diabetes
Having more diverse gut bacteria (greater microbiome richness) and specifically a greater abundance of 12 types of butyrate-producing bacteria were both associated with less insulin resistance and less type 2 diabetes, in a population-based observational study from the Netherlands. Several studies have reported that there is less microbiome diversity in type 2 diabetes, Zhangling Chen, MD, PhD, of Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues note.
@japmaan A diet rich in fiber and prebiotics promotes gut biome diversity, added Steinle, chief of the endocrinology and diabetes section at Maryland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. The findings add to other research, she noted, such as a prospective trial in which a high-fiber diet induced changes in the gut microbe that were linked to better glycemic regulation (Science. 2018;359:1151-1156) and a study of a promising probiotic formula to treat diabetes.