Sunday, December 18, 2011
Bacteria can influence weight
Yet another study has linked the profile of bacteria found in your colon (called the microbiome) to obesity and weight gain. This paper, published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology (7:639-646), reviewed the latest studies to investigate the contribution of bacteria to nutrient metabolism and obesity. Their review has demonstrated that numerous studies have begun to understand the influence of the profile of bacteria in the control of overall weight. Together, all of these studies suggest that the microbiome may be a critical player in metabolism and can influence weight gain or loss.