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Can Bacteria be Beneficial in Diabetes Treatment?

Apr 13, 2021
Editor: David L. Joffe, BSPharm, CDE, FACA

Author: Oluwatayo Ishola, PharmD. Candidate, South College, School of Pharmacy

According to a new study, patients with diabetes may benefit from adding foods that contain a particular gut bacteria to their diets. 

Researchers were able to isolate four different types of bacteria responsible for either increasing or decreasing the typical American diet's negative impact. The bacteria they isolated were Ruminococcus gnavus, Romboutsia ilealis, Lactobacillus johnsonii, and Lactobacillus gasseri. Two of the four bacterial organisms found improved how the body metabolizes glucose, and the remaining two had the opposite effect. The research shows a direct relation between bacteria and the body mass index of individuals who consume an American diet. Individuals with an increased amount of the two good bacteria were found to have a lower weight and body mass index....


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