Most regular forum of flog watchers over the years will remember AliB. She wrote some very interesting and well constructed posts and was a lowcarber. Always very polite despite lots of ridicule and abuse from the usual suspects, lead by the disappeared one and font of all knowledge Cugila. AliB often wrote about the importance of good gut flora, and how she believed many illnesses and diseases could be linked to bad gut flora. She was a very patient woman, but like so many other good posters, the barmy army wore her down and she walked. Well low and behold I found this article this morning.
Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Imbalance in gut bacteria likely cause.
But breakthrough research just published in the journal Nature strongly indicates another, bottom line cause has been discovered - an imbalance of "good" versus "bad" bacteria in the intestinal tract appears to trigger type 2 diabetes.
The research team pointed out the 1.5 kilograms of bacteria that each of us carries around in our intestines have a huge impact on our well-being. If the equilibrium of what is known as this "microflora" in the gut is disrupted, health can suffer. For their study, the scientists zeroed in on the intestinal bacteria of 345 people from China. The 171 research subjects who had type 2 diabetes were found to have "a more hostile bacterial environment in their intestines" than those not suffering from the disease. The study suggests this kind of out-of-balance gut flora could increase resistance to different medicines as well as likely be the trigger for type 2 diabetes. The scientists identified specific biological indicators in the gut flora that could eventually be used to identify those at risk of type 2 diabetes as well as to diagnose the disease
The usual suspects in action.