November 25, 2014
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

 Health Home >>  >>   

Scientists suggest gut bacteria rules our minds, affecting eating habits

Written by: QMI Agency
Aug. 18, 2014

(Lsantilli/Fotolia)


Bacteria in our gut may be manipulating our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and could be driving us toward obesity, a study claims.

Researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico concluded from a review of scientific literature that microbes influence our dietary choices to favour what they grow best on, rather than just living off whatever nutrients we send their way.

Ad
They say the gut microbiome releases signaling molecules into our gut, and because it's linked to the immune, endocrine the nervous systems, those signals could influence our physiologic and behavioural responses.

"Bacteria within the gut are manipulative," said Dr. Carlo Maley, one of the study’s authors. "There is a diversity of interests represented in the microbiome, some aligned with our own dietary goals, and others not."

The team says targeting the microbiome could open up possibilities for preventing a variety of disease from obesity and diabetes to cancers of the gastro-intestinal tract.

The article was published in the journal BioEssays.

 

View more news


Did you find what you were looking for on our website? Please let us know.

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only and are meant to be discussed with your physician or other qualified health care professional before being acted on. Never disregard any advice given to you by your doctor or other qualified health care professional. Always seek the advice of a physician or other licensed health care professional regarding any questions you have about your medical condition(s) and treatment(s). This site is not a substitute for medical advice.

© 1996 - 2014 MediResource Inc. - MediResource reaches millions of Canadians each year.