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Gut or intestinal bacteria and diabetes type 2.

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Presence of certain bacteria in the gut may be linked to development of type 2 diabetes. Type2 diabetes is a serious metabolic disorder. The disease causes the body cells to lose their ability to respond to insulin, hormone that controls glucose uptake. This leads to , even with adequate insulin,a high level of glucose in blood.

The intestinal environment plays a larger role in bodily function and health,than just digesting food. Immunity begins in the gut and any decrease in health promoting microbes can negatively impact bodies ability to ward off disease.

The connection between diabetes and gut microb population should not come as a surprise. Researchers now show that gut bacteria can also provide clues as to whether or not type 2 diabetes is present. Changes in intestinal flora are often detected even before other symptoms of type2 diabetes become evident.

Recently researchers have been developing serious arguments to support the theory that diabetes maybe linked,among other things,to the composition of microbial community living inside our intestines. A group of Russian scientists studied changes in the microbiota of the large intestine.Paper was published in the journal Endocrinology Connections.

The most importantly researchers were able to link level of glucose intolerance with the presence of three specific types of microbiota. They are all found in healthy people,but in case of pre- diabetes and diabetes,they are present in far greater numbers.

One of the possible ways that microbes affect diabetes could be by provoking an immune response. This theory was first propounded by researchers from  Finland.

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Are diabetics prone to IBS for these ? Any specific treatment ?

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Any specific treatment for what ? IBS ?

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Treatment for  IBS for Diabetic 

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There is supposed to be an ibs- gut - brain axis,but the relationship has not been understood clearly. Even we do not know the cause of  ibs  so the treatment is very unsatisfactory.

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This post does not address IBS actually but the general issue about the link between diabetes and gut microbiome, yet the replies here seem to strangely target IBS.  The easiest way to restore the health of the gut microbiome is to eat fermented foods.  Most cultures have - thanks to their intuitive wisdom - invented fermented foods as they know that they are fundamental to good health, thus lending credence to the adage that disease begins in your guts.  So it makes a lot of sense when Ayurvedic physicians recommend the use of Triphala as a first step to addresses this issue.

There is increasing experimental evidence of the gut-brain axis - google up Natasha Campbell-McBride and read about how she helped to restore the health of her own autistic child and many other autistic kids at her clinic in London. So it is no longer theoretical for McBride has applied the gut-psychology concept to solve a troubling and rising disease in modern times.

Another very interesting line of research coming from Dr David Perlmutter has delved deeply into how shifts in the gut biome have been correlated with diabetes and he even named the 5 types of gut flora [Lactobacillis plantaram, Lactobacillis acidophilus, Lactobacillis brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum] that are basic to good health.  The one linked with diabetes is L. plantaram is found in Kimchi, for instance. This is the fermented food eaten day and night by Koreans. 

So if you can get Kimchi at your local supermarket, try it and see if it helps.  But you can easily make your own KImchi in your own kitchen, using basically Napa cabbage or just plain cabbage - the soft-leaf type is best.  Even the German sauerkraut is fine and easy to make too.  You will find India a rich source of fermented foods - yogurt, lassi, kefir, achar, chutney, etc.  So take that step and start including it in your diet as well. In our eagerness to move into the digital and electronic age, we have unwittingly forgotten traditional wisdom, no?

Wikipedia starters:                                                                                                         [1]                                             [2]                                     [3]

You can watch all the youtube videos on or by Dr D. Perlmutter here:


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Oh, forgot to add this - if you are desperate in solving gut issues and diabetes, there is an extreme measure called 'Fecal Transplant' which is receiving increasing attention in medical circles.  It sounds gross, doesn't it, but it has a very high success rate.  This videos below talk about it:

[1] Brain Maker, Fecal Transplants:

[2] Fecal Transplant for Weight Loss & Diabetes:

[3] More videos here:

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Good write up. Thank you. Diversion to IBS due question that needed to be answered.

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Kindly refer to some of my earlier comments. I did mention about digestion being one of the causes. "Rate of digestion should be faster than rate of fermentation in our system. " This is to avoid T2DM.

I did come across a female patient aged 65 years. Till last week she was diagnosed T2DM. Family history not taking her to T2DM. But Interestingly I noticed her Fasting Blood being around 125 but PP Bs being very very high around 350 mg/dL.

On analysis of this patient I did notice that she had lost all her teeth. I advised her to fix denture. To my excitement, PP Bs level came down. (In this case this related to delayed digestion)

Overall digestion, be it in mouth, stomach, or intestine (this is relay race- if one being slow or inefficient affects entire process), is critical not only in T2DM but all other diseases also.

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That was extremely wonderful observation based on personal experience. Thank you for sharing with all. We always welcome more of such personal experiences.

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