Emerging evidence suggests a balanced diet with a predominance of plant-based foods is associated with specific gut microbes, which are linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Dr. Stéphane Schneider explains what recent studies have shown regarding the importance of taking care of what you eat for preventing or better controlling type 2 diabetes through the gut microbiome.

We have known for a while that obesity has a microbial component. Now, a team of scientists led by Patrice D. Cani reports a novel bacterium isolated from the human gut that counteracts diet-induced obesity, inflammation and glucose dysregulation in mice.

Gut microbiota, with its close links to metabolism and the immune system, could potentially be a factor that lies at the core of good health. This means it can be positioned at the heart of the processes that influence the risk of contracting different diseases.