While the human gut microbiota can affect metabolic health, there are only a few bacterial strains that have been shown to be potentially helpful in cases of obesity. Prof. Patrice D. Cani updates the health effects of Akkermansia muciniphila as one of the most widely studied gut bacteria for weight management.

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.

Personalized nutrition still has a way to go

28 Aug 2019

by Allison Clark

Personalized nutrition is still in its infancy but it is an increasingly important area of research that may one day help us better plan nutritional interventions to ensure a better response from patients.