Metformin and the Gut Microbiome
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Diabetes is a disease affecting the way the body metabolizes glucose or sugar. Most people living with diabetes have type 2 (27 million), but even more people (86 million) have prediabetes: blood glucose is abnormal, but not high enough to be diabetes. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas which allows the body to use sugar as an energy source. In people with type 2 diabetes, their body creates this hormone, but their cells are resistant to it (they do not use it properly). There are a few risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes such as genetics, being overweight, metabolic syndrome, high glucose levels in the liver, pancreatic problems, and so many more.
One popular drug used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is Metformin. Metformin is one of the oldest drugs meant for improving blood sugar control in those with type 2 diabetes. A recent study published in Nature has hinted that the successes of Metformin may be attributed to a different mechanism than previously thought. The study published by Wu et al. 2017, wanted to test the differences in the composition of the gut microbiome in those taking Metformin vs. placebo. The study found that metformin has strong effects on the gut microbiome. The results were then confirmed with a transfer of fecal samples to germ free mice to show that glucose tolerance was improved in mice that received metformin-altered microbiota.
To read the study, go to www.nature.com
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