Obesity Could Be Caused By Stomach Bacteria

Uploaded by WLSChannel on 23.03.2010

a certain kind of intestinal bacteria may be partly responsible for obesity
and a group of other health conditions according to a new study
previous research suggests that bacteria can influence how well energy is absorbed from
food but the latest findings indicate
that's certainly intestinal bacteria can actually influence appetite
according to lead researcher Andrew Gerwitz at Emory University
in other words these microbiota or gut bugs in the intestines could make you hungry
according to the study recently published online and science express certain bacteria
can stimulate inflammation in the body
which can lead to insulin resistance and overeating and it seems there's bacteria can be passed
on to future generations
researchers found that baby mice born to mothers lacking a specific protein that have these
bacteria in their intestines
develop the same microorganisms even if their embryos were transferred into surrogate mothers
these mice for more vulnerable to developing metabolic syndrome a group of symptoms including
high cholesterol levels
abdominal obesity high blood pressure and insulin resistance
of course mice arent people and although our DNA is ninety nine percent the same are microbiota
are about ninety percent different
so the next step in this research will be to determine whether the gut microbes in question
have the same effect on humans
if scientists can identify the problem bacteria it could bring the one step closer to tackling
the obesity epidemic affecting millions of people worldwide