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Mar 20, 2019

One Size Doesn't Fit All: Gut Bacteria & Weight Loss

By Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator, @kanaazpereira

The human body is host to a vast number of microbes – communities of bacteria, fungi, viruses. These complex, interconnected microorganisms together make up our microbiota. The biggest populations of microbes reside in the gut – the human gut microbiota consists of 100 trillion microbes! Dr. Purna Kashyap, M.D., and Dr. Vandana Nehra, M.D., both gastroenterologists at Mayo Clinic, share the findings of their research on Mayo Clinic Radio, about how your individual gut bacteria may affect your ability to lose weight.

Gut bacteria play an integral role in the digestion of food, since our digestive system alone cannot break down or digest all the food we eat. As a result our calories are not limited to what we (digestive system) can break the food down into, but also to what your gut bacteria does.

You can learn more about how gut microbiota is becoming a cornerstone of medicine, and read details about the study here: Mayo Clinic Proceedings



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