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Could we soon predict our risk of obesity with a simple urine test?

It may be possible to predict our risk of obesity or diabetes from the urinary metabolites in our intestinal microbiota, which could eventually lead to individually tailored diets.   Not everyone reacts the same when they go on a diet. Obesity and diabetes, which are strongly linked to in...
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Tell me how much Lactobacillus you have in your saliva, and I’ll tell you how likely you are to gain weight!

Low levels of Lactobacillus in the oral microbiota may predict weight gain over time. According to recent studies, the composition of the intestinal microbiota, particularly the amount of bacteria from the genus Lactobacillus, may play a role in weight management. Danish researchers set out to ch...
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Weight gain during pregnancy is decisive for the child’s health

By influencing the composition of babies’ intestinal microbiota, weight gain during pregnancy seems to be a decisive component in their long-term health.   Gaining too much weight during pregnancy constitutes a risk factor for various disorders in children, particularly obesity and asthma...
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Diet and health: the role of the intestinal microbiota in metabolic diseases

Recent publications underline the connection between the intestinal microbiota and diet and certain diseases like diabetes (types 1 and 2); they also hint at potential therapeutic benefits based on the use of probiotics and prebiotics.   For example, we are told that the positive effects ...
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