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Probiotic pill engineered to help treat diabetes

Cornell scientists say the day may come when a probiotic could be used to treat diabetes. In a novel study, researchers used a probiotic pill, combined with an insulin stimulating hormone that lowers blood sugar. Targeting bacteria in the gut instead of the pancreas could mean a new diabetes treatment is on the horizon.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

One way to increase GLP-1 is to lower the glycemic load of the diet so that more of the carbohydrates stay in the gut to activate the L-cell deep in the GI tract that release GLP-1 (Runchey et al. Metabolism. 2013 Feb; 62(2):188-95).

 

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