Every day, it seems that researchers are uncovering new links between our health and the tiny microbes in our guts. It’s hard to believe that the critters within us hold so much control over our well-being, but it’s true. For type 2 diabetics, it’s even more crucial to turn our attention to the microbiome.
The microbiome is a colony of microbes that inhabit your digestive tract from your mouth through your colon, with the largest density living in the colon. At any given time, there is a competing balance of healthy microbes and dangerous microbes. The objective for good health is to reduce the growth of toxic microbes and enhance the proliferation of healthy bugs! But many diabetics find that their gut balance is off, which means less healthy bugs and too many toxic microbes. But by targeting the microbial balance, we can turn the tide on toxic bugs and begin to reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes. This is why your diabetes treatment must include the microbiome.
1. Promotes A Healthy and Happy Brain
Healthy gut bugs help generate neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA, which keep your brain healthy and regulated.
They also affect the levels of a growth factor called BDNF, which promotes the growth of new brain cells. However, when you have an overgrowth of unhealthy microbes, as seen in people with type 2 diabetes, there are fewer healthy bugs available to boost your brain power. In the meantime, “bad” bugs are producing inflammatory molecules like lipopolysaccharides that wreak havoc on your gut, increasing damage throughout the body. Researchers believe this is a key reason that diabetes increases the risk of depression and anxiety.
2. Regulates Insulin Sensitivity
Imbalanced gut flora in diabetics is also related to poor metabolism of fats and weight gain.
Diabetics’ gut microbes can pull more calories from consumed food, making it much harder to regulate weight.
When researchers implant the gut flora from thin individuals into obese individuals with diabetes, they have seen promising results such as improved insulin sensitivity and weight loss. This is thought to be, in part, due to improving inflammation and fat metabolism, but also due to changes in the brain that signal insulin response.
3. Calms Inflammation
Insulin resistance is believed to be the first step in diabetes development, and one clear path to insulin resistance is inflammation. Like I said, toxic microbes mean more inflammation, which can destroy insulin receptors on cells and lead to increased blood sugar levels. This means to correct the diabetes disease process, we must reduce inflammation, which leads us right back to the gut. Improving the balance of healthy microbes means less inflammation and more opportunity for the body to regulate insulin and blood sugar.
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Taking probiotics, eating a high-fiber and whole food diet, and avoiding sugar are great ways to start improving gut health today. However, to make a meaningful impact, you need to know what is going on inside.
With advanced testing to uncover microbial overgrowth and imbalance, we can build tailored therapies to eradicate toxic microbes while supporting the growth and proliferation of your beneficial bugs. This and similar therapies underpin the functional medicine approach aimed at finding the root cause of your diabetes and supporting healing from the inside out.