Gut bacteria may contribute to diabetes in black males

By: 
Sharon Parmet
Post date: 
March 5, 2015

African American men at elevated risk for developing type 2 diabetes may have fewer beneficial and more harmful intestinal bacteria, according to research presented by University of Illinois at Chicago endocrinologist Dr. Irina Ciubotaru at the ENDO 2015 meeting in San Diego. 

“The ‘signature’ of the gut microbiota – the relative abundance of various bacteria and other microbes in the digestive system – could be another useful tool in assessing a person’s risk for developing diabetes,” said Ciubotaru.

Ciubotaru and her colleagues, including principal investigator Dr. Elena Barengolts, professor of medicine in the UIC College of Medicine and chief of endocrinology at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, found that a specific microbiota is associated with stable, normal blood glucose levels, while a different profile is associated with glucose levels that indicate pre-diabetes. 

“The study provides additional reasons for physicians to recommend foods, such as prebiotics, which improve the growth and activity of helpful gut bacteria,” said Barengolts.

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