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The current thinking among scientists about the major contributors to insulin resistanceinvolves excess weight and physical inactivity. Now, new research by an EU funded European-Chinese team of investigators called MetaHit has found that specific imbalances in the gut bacteria can cause insulin resistance, which confers an increased risk of health disorders like type 2 diabetes.
Senior lead author Professor Oluf Pedersen, Metabolism Center, University of Copenhagen, says:
“We show that specific imbalances in the gut microbiota are essential contributors to insulin resistance, a forerunner state of widespread disorders like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases, which are in epidemic growth.”/.../