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What do heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity all have in common?
High blood pressure, insulin resistance, and obesity are all related to a disorder called metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health conditions that often characterize both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Some studies estimate that roughly 25% of the U.S. population is affected by metabolic syndrome. (1)
One treatment that is gaining popularity among this group is gastric bypass surgery, also called a roux-en-Y.
It has been found not only effective for obesity, but it also helps to manage the development of diabetes and hypertension. If body weight is moderate but type II diabetes persists, gastric bypass surgery is often used to keep diabetes in check.
In fact, gastric bypass surgery is the only medical treatment for obesity that consistently achieves and sustains significant weight loss. (2)
One mechanism behind the success of gastric bypass surgery is the fact that it radically changes the landscape of the gastrointestinal tract. And with this, gut bacteria also change.
Gastric bypass surgery can be used as a medical treatment for obesity to counteract metabolic syndrome, which affects roughly 25% of the US population. Both gastric bypass and prebiotics have a similar effect on gut ecology by encouraging the growth of beneficial microorganisms!
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGB) involves creating a small pouch from the bottom of the stomach. The piece of stomach is then attached to the far end of the small intestine.
Research has concluded that this shift of inner ecology is at least partially responsible for both dramatic weight loss and the reversal of type II diabetes. (3)(4)
So far, we know that gut bacteria contribute to obesity, diabetes, and other aspects of metabolic syndrome. The two most widely accepted mechanisms include:
Hormonal function within the gastrointestinal tract also changes. This, along with changes in the bacteria that populate the small and large intestines, are thought to contribute to the success of gastric bypass surgery. (9)
The same change may take years to accomplish with diet and lifestyle alone. (10)
Of course, not everyone wants to go under the knife.
Another way to radically change the intestinal landscape and our inner ecology is with the use of pre-biotics.
Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.
Unlike probiotics, prebiotics are not living. In fact, prebiotics are made from material that our bodies find impossible to digest. These are things like the sugars found in fruit and plant fibers.
Studies show that prebiotics have a positive effect on our inner ecology. Prebiotics encourage the growth and proliferation of beneficial microorganisms like lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. (11)
Not only that, but research also indicates that a certain type of prebiotic, called fructooligosaccharide (FOS), increases insulin secretion and can help to control sugar metabolism. (12)
Researchers at the University of Zurich found that gastric bypass surgery encourages the growth of more good bacteria. (13)
Scientists conducting the study speculate that gut bacteria may change:
The researchers also noted that the changes they saw in gut ecology after gastric bypass surgery were incredibly similar to those that happen when we simply eat prebiotics.
The lead author on this study, Melania Osto, concluded that, “Our findings show that RYGB [gastric bypass] surgery leads to changes in gut microbiota that resemble those seen after treatment with prebiotics.”
According to research, both surgery and prebiotics alter the balance of bacterial species and the way that these species act.
The beneficial effects of gastric bypass surgery may not have to do with the surgery at all.
In fact, the dramatic shift in weight and the newfound ability to control blood sugar may have more to do with changes in gut bacteria that take place after the surgery.
This is similar to what could be achieved with the addition of a prebiotic to the diet.
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Serious health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease are all related to metabolic syndrome, which affects up to 25% of the US population. One effective treatment for metabolic syndrome that is gaining popularity is gastric bypass surgery, often used to manage both obesity and diabetes.
Interestingly enough, gastric bypass surgery is the only medical obesity treatment that will sustain long-term weight loss. Gastric bypass can attribute some of its success to the fact that it changes the landscape of the digestive tract, as well as gut bacteria. Researchers have confirmed that this shift in the balance of the body's inner ecology is in part responsible for significant weight loss and even the reversal of type II diabetes!
For those who want the same results without a complicated and expensive surgery, another way to radically change the landscape of the digestive system is by using prebiotics. Prebiotics differ from probiotics since they are not living, yet they encourage the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut.
To achieve long-term weight loss results without going under the knife, you can use 4 helpful tips to get the most out of your probiotics:
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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