In a world grower fatter by the day (1.9 billion overweight and obese), science is searching for answers to the pandemic. There are no easy ones. Obesity is complicated; genetics, lifestyle and the environment create an imperfect storm inside the body. Recent evidence points to the gut … [Read more...] about Targeting Obesity through Microbiome: Update
Americans are getting fatter. New data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (tens of thousands surveyed) revealed stark numbers: Nearly 40% of adults are obese, up significantly from previous years. Hispanic and blacks--both adults and children-- counted more obesity than … [Read more...] about As Obesity Soars, Microbes Get a Closer Look
Baby, we were born to run. Despite that innate need to move, few of us do enough exercise for optimum health. Even our microbes will vary depending on movement. For example, endurance athletes harbor different microbes than sedentary people. A new study from the University of Illinois at … [Read more...] about Exercise Improves Microbe Mix in Lean People
By Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials, Nutrasource Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥30kg/m2, continues to be an important health issue globally, as it is a major risk factor for several diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, coronary heart disease, … [Read more...] about Fat-fighting microbes? Prove it with a robust study design.
Obesity and its prime bedfellows (diabetes and heart disease) are epidemic. Obviously a calorie is not always just a calorie. In recent decades, science has been moving fast to discover links to microbes. Enough evidence now shows that the microbiota is different in obese and normal weight people … [Read more...] about In Obesity, Prebiotics Put the Complex in Carbohydrates
Imagine a trash collector paying you for the privilege of hauling away the junk. Not happening. But that’s what our gut microbes do: they digest the stuff we can’t—fiber—and then create short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) which are absolute manna for our metabolic health. Note: Counterintuitively, … [Read more...] about Short-Chain Fatty Acids: Colonic Infusion Could Fight Obesity