Probiotics Could Help Prevent The Onset Of Diabetes
Posted Aug 04 2013 3:00pm
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation, and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study out of India suggesting that probiotics could help prevent the onset of diabetes.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/could-this-simple-solution-prevent-diabetes) notes, diabetes is a serious disease in every way. Its symptoms are alarming and encompass everything from nerve damage (that can lead to amputation) to serious vision problems. According to the National Institutes of Health, 25 million people have diabetes right now in the United States.
As the article “Could This Simple Solution Prevent Diabetes?” reports, researchers from India are proposing that probiotics could help stave off diabetes. Probiotics are full of the good kind of bacteria and have cropped up in health-food stores all over North America, primarily to be used as a digestive aid. And it’s exactly this link that has led the Indian researchers to suggest probiotics could help prevent the onset of diabetes.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article states that it’s a case of three different effects coming together to prevent one disease. Diabetes is a metabolic disease. Metabolic diseases are ushered in by high cholesterol, obesity, and systemic inflammation. It just so happens that probiotics can target those three health problems.
As the article notes, a culture of the bacteria Lactobacillus fermentum KC4b, for example, can remove almost 15 grams of cholesterol from a culture medium during lab tests. The less cholesterol a person has, the lower their risk for type 2 diabetes.
The article adds that probiotics also have the ability to reduce the amount of oxidative damage that can happen to lipids. When fat cells are damaged, they can’t be metabolized as easily. Improving lipid metabolism lowers cholesterol levels and risk for obesity.
And finally, Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin reports that adding probiotics to a person’s diet could help improve their immune response. According to the researchers, probiotics boost immune function without triggering a release of inflammatory cytokines—those messengers in the body that trigger inflammation. By keeping inflammation in the cells under wraps, that person’s risk for the onset of inflammatory-induced diabetes is reduced.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by noting that readers can add probiotics to their diet through capsules, powder, or certain pre-made yogurts.
(SOURCE: Aggarwal, J., et al., “Probiotics and their Effects on Metabolic Diseases: An Update,” J Clin Diagn Res. January 2013; 7(1): 173-7.)