PROBIOTIC THERAPY FOR DIABETES?
Researchers at Cornell University have been able to reduce blood sugar in rats by using probiotics. (Probiotics are the “good bacteria” they help keep your gut healthy). They discovered that certain strains of lactobacillus secrete Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1), a hormone that releases insulin in response to food. After 90 days on the probiotics, the rats showed a 30% decrease in sugar when compared to the control group. The theory behind this is that the probiotic was able to convert the rat’s upper intestinal lining to cells that worked like the beta cells in the pancreas (which secretes insulin). Although this study needs more research, it is nice to know that new and creative ways to treat diabetes are on the horizon.