New research strengthens evidence of a link between bacteria and obesity
Posted 1 year ago by Jacob in General Health News
New research has revealed further evidence that the bacteria that lives in people's large intestine may play a role in obesity. Researchers believe that the bacteria of the large intestine may slow down the activity of the "good" kind of fat tissue, a brown fat that quickly burns calories and may help prevent obesity. The research, published in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, could provide further ways to prevent obesity and weight loss.
The study observed the differences between "germ-free" mice, which don't have large intestinal bacteria, and regular mice. The scientists discovered that the brown fat activity in the "germ-free" mice seemed to be more active, enabling the mice to burn calories quicker than the regular mice. The scientists believe that their research may provide new approaches to preventing obesity by ways of increasing the activity of brown fat in humans.
Reference: Mestdagh, R. et al. (2011) Gut Microbiota Modulate the Metabolism of Brown Apidose Tissue in Mice. Journal of Proteome Research.
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