The worldwide diabetic crisis is becoming more severe, affecting over 537 million adults, which is nearly 10% of the adult population globally. Most diabetics were not born with faulty blood sugar control. Nearly 95% have Type 2 diabetes (T2DM), a complex condition that develops gradually and has … [Read more...] about Targeting Gut Microbes in Type 2 Diabetes Shows Promise
Probiotic Short Chain Fatty Acid Production and Colon Cancer
The colon microbiota is an important player in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC), which caused 935,000 deaths in 2020 (the second most deadly cancer worldwide). During carcinogenesis, the colon microbiota composition changes from a normal profile to dysbiosis, interfering with the … [Read more...] about Probiotic Short Chain Fatty Acid Production and Colon Cancer
Microbes for Mental Health
By Maile Combs, MS, and David Despain, MS Gut bacteria can influence how you think, feel, or handle stress. Scientists are now exploring how these microbes can affect mood and mental health. In any given year or at some point during their lifetime, nearly one in five U.S. adults and children … [Read more...] about Microbes for Mental Health
Probiotic-Based Vaccines: Are We There Yet?
Vaccines elicit variable immune responses in different people. A multitude of reasons can make a vaccine less effective against disease, a consequence that can be dangerous or even fatal. Correlations between microbiota and immune response to vaccination are recognized as a factor associated with … [Read more...] about Probiotic-Based Vaccines: Are We There Yet?
Aging Skin: Can Probiotics Help?
Aging is an inevitable and normal biological process in humans. Like all human organs, your skin ages and, as you get older, starts exhibiting telltale signs of biological aging (senescence): wrinkles, sagging, and loss of moisture and fat. While numerous factors such as genetics and lifestyle can … [Read more...] about Aging Skin: Can Probiotics Help?
Preterm Birth: A Role for Probiotics?
As eager as one may be to greet a newborn, an early arrival is never good. Preterm birth (PTB) — when an infant is born before 37 weeks of gestation — is a serious problem across the globe. With an estimated 15 million cases annually, spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB) is the leading cause of death in … [Read more...] about Preterm Birth: A Role for Probiotics?