Published: 15 August 2016

Dr Neil Munro, Visiting Professor in Primary Care diabetes: Gut microbiota: Its role in diabetes and obesity: in the journal Diabetes & Primary Care

This article covers the essentials of the gut microbiota as well as the evidence for its role in diabetes and obesity.

The gut microbiota is a community of microogranisms that live in the gut and intestinal tract. The microbiota consists of bacteria, archaea and eukarya, as well as viruses, but is predominantly populated by anaerobic bacteria. Relationships between gut microbiota constituents and a wide range of human conditions such as enterocolitis, rheumatoid arthritis, some cancers and type 1, type 2 diabetes and obesity have been postulated.

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