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Imbalance of Gut Bacteria Linked to Diabetes Risk

Medical Worker Medical Team

University of Copenhagen researchers have found new evidence associating bacteria in our intestinal tract with a higher risk of contracting diabetes. The study involved 277 people without diabetes and 75 individuals with type 2 diabetes. The researchers discovered that the people with insulin resistance reflected higher blood concentrations of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). More importantly, the rise in BCAAs was linked to specific changes in gut bacteria. While Prevotella copri and Bacteroides vulgatus were responsible for the bulk of gut BCAAs that were produced, it was only Prevotella copri that was related to insulin resistance and intolerance to glucose.