Because the gut is responsible for the production and management of hormone balance and blood sugar regulation, a leaky gut or bacterial overgrowth could lead to insulin resistance.

  • Recent research suggests that the composition of the gut microbiome can predict an individual’s likelihood of obesity.
  • A new study reports that differences in the functional profile of the gut microbiome are also associated with the body’s response to weight loss interventions.
  • The study found that gut microbiome genes associated with bacterial replication and the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins predicted weight loss response.
  • This research could lead to the development of diagnostic techniques and individualized treatments for people looking to lose weight.

Medical News Today, Sept. 21, 2021

The gut microbiome consists of various bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms that reside in the digestive tract, with its composition varying among individuals.

Some experts believe that the gut microbiome can significantly influence an individual’s overall well-being by modulating metabolism, immune function, and mental health.

These gut microbes influence energy metabolism by regulating glucose metabolism, appetite, and fat storage.