If predictions from the International Diabetes Federation hold true, one in ten people on the planet will be diabetic by 2030.
Health institutions in countries across the globe are desperately looking for solutions.
A recent study hypothesized that probiotics may be a novel approach given that they appear to alter insulin resistance and diabetes development in rodents. Marie-Christine Simon tested 21 glucose tolerant humans, half which were obese.
The subjects consumed L. reuteri or placebo over 4 weeks.
Results: Those treated with probiotics increased glucose-stimulated insulin and improved other diabetic markers.
Perhaps the microbiome will prove to be another tool in the fight against type 2 diabetes.