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Leigh Perreault Part 4, Probiotics To Change The Human Microbiome

In part 4 of this Exclusive Interview, Dr. Leigh Perreault talks with Diabetes in Control Medical Editor Joy Pape during the ADA meeting in San Diego, California, about the interest around probiotics and her current patient recommendations regarding its use.

Dr. Leigh Perreault is an associate professor of medicine, physician and clinical researcher at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Aurora, CO. Her research interests include understanding the different pathways by which people develop type 2 diabetes, developing tailored strategies for diabetes prevention and the human microbiome.

Transcript of this video segment:

Joy: Do you use probiotics in your practice?

Dr. Perreault: That’s a great question. People are super interested, again in that notion that you can change the microbiome either in by a prebiotic, a probiotic, a xenobiotic, gosh knows an antibiotic even. People are so interested in this and they’re trying all kinds of things. I think the answer is, we have so much learn, but I’m not really sure it’s ready for prime time yet. If you eat something your body is probably going to degrade it so how much of it is going to stick around to actually change the microbiome, I don’t think we don’t know yet. But I can say a lot of companies are very interested in this, whether it’s an over the counter or pharmaceutical grade probiotic, so I think we are going to see a lot over the next few years.

Joy: But there’s no one that you recommend at this time?

Dr. Perreault: I don’t. A lot of my patients will eat lactobacillus yogurts, things like that, and they are really confident that it’s helping them manage their weight or manage their appetite or other things like that. So I always say, if it works for you then I have nothing else to say except go with that!

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