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Weight Loss Success Determined by Two Gut Microbiota Species

06:36 EDT 12 Sep 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Submitting a stool sample to determine if you’re able to lose weight on a newly characterized diet doesn’t seem like the greatest way to start the day, yet new evidence from investigators at the University of Copenhagen shows that the bacteria we all have in our gut may play a decisive role in personalized nutrition and the development of obesity. Findings from the new study—published recently in the International Journal of Obesity in an article entitled “ Pre-Treatment Microbial Prevotella -to- Bacteroides Ratio, Determines Body Fat Loss Success during a 6-Month Randomized Controlled Diet Intervention ”— reveal that the ratio of two gut bacterial species can determine whether an individual can lose weight by following dietary recommendations characterized by a high content of fruit, vegetables, fibers, and whole grains. "Human intestinal bacteria have been linked to the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, and scientists have started to ...

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