Being overweight is an increasing issue in Germany: Almost one in three Germans is too heavy. Many among them suffer from obesity. In this case, body fat has accumulated to a point far in excess of being merely overweight. More and more children and adolescents are diagnosed as obese. Possible consequences are secondary diseases of the musculoskeletal system and the cardiovascular system.
For years, scientists have been searching for a formula to lose weight effectively without having to go hungry. How can we slim easily and drop pounds? One key ingredient for this formula for success has already been discovered: gut bacteria of lean individuals – at least in the case of mice.
Scientists at the Washington University in St. Louis transplanted gut bacteria from lean and obese humans to mice raised in a sterile environment. With diets remaining identical, mice with gut bacteria from obese people gained weight, the others stayed slim.
In the Netherlands, male test subjects suffering from obesity were given faeces of slim male donors, a control group received its own faeces. Six weeks after this so-called faecal transplant, subjects who received the stool of lean donors showed improved diabetes values. (Source: www.tagesspiegel.de)
These experiments demonstrate the effect the microbiome has on the human organism and that lean or fat may be a consequence of natural bacteria in the gut. The next task is to identify from these latest scientific findings the right gut flora for slimness and provide the bacteria responsible in pharmaceutical form (as drugs).
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