Pro­bi­otics to beat di­a­betes

The Star Early Edition - - HEALTH -

LONDON: A pro­bi­otic drink is be­ing tested as a treat­ment for type 2 di­a­betes.

Pro­bi­otics are live bac­te­ria and yeasts that are thought to help boost the num­bers of “good” bac­te­ria in the gut – and one of the best di­etary sources is yo­ghurt.

A grow­ing body of ev­i­dence sug­gests that gut bac­te­ria plays a role in many dis­eases. With type 2 di­a­betes, the body be­comes less re­spon­sive to the hor­mone in­sulin.

Sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a drink based on a strain of pro­bi­otics known as E coli Nissle. In a trial at Dres­den’s Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Ger­many, 20 pa­tients with type 2 di­a­betes will have 1 millil­itre of E coli Nissle ev­ery day for six months. – Daily Mail

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