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    Default Could Probiotics Treat Obesity?

    Eleanor Bird
    March 24 2020

    Changes to the microbial community in the gut could contribute to weight loss, suggests a study of gastric bypass patients.Obesity is a problem of epidemic proportions in the world. According to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data, 13% of adults worldwide now have obesity. In the United States, that proportion rises to more than 40%.

    Obesity is associated with a raft of physical ailments, including diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. There are also possible mental health effects relating to loss of mobility and, in some cases, social isolation and a reduced ability to work.

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    Default Re: Could Probiotics Treat Obesity?

    "Some people regain the weight that they lost following surgery, which the authors of the study suggest could be because their microbiome is not conducive to permanent weight loss."
    Consider that it could also be because those people gradually resumed the dietary habits that led to obesity in the first place.

    Color me skeptical, but I think that probiotics to reverse obesity is kind of a shot in the dark. Look around at the expansion of obesity in virtually every progressive country, including Japan. Can we make a correlation with the invasion of the Western fast food diet throughout those same countries? It's certainly the case in Japan. No, correlation does not equal causation... At least, not always.
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    Default Re: Could Probiotics Treat Obesity?

    I can't say one way or another if probiotics would work for weight loss. But perhaps the author actually meant "prEbiotics", in which case that could possibly make much more sense??? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition...foods#section1
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    Default Re: Could Probiotics Treat Obesity?

    Good article, thanks grulla.

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