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The term probiotic refers to dietary supplements and foods that contain
“beneficial” or “friendly” bacteria. The organisms themselves are also
called probiotics. Image: berkeleywellness.com
Probiotics play a huge role in
digestion and help boost immune response Many of us are ignorant about the importance
and benefits of probiotics. Probiotics, or good gut bacteria, should
ideally comprise at least 80% of the total gut bacteria.
If you are diabetic,
adding probiotics, as either food or supplements, can change things
dramatically. Of course, you also need to eat the right diet to feed the
right bacteria after that. There is strong scientific evidence
supporting the fact that consuming probiotics helps decrease the serum
cholesterol level and improves insulin sensitivity.
supplements are highly recommended for type 2 diabetes patients, some of
the best probiotics for diabetes also come from natural foods such as
Kefir, Yogurt, Kimchi, Sauerkraut and
According to research
conducted at Loughborough University, probiotics prevent insulin
resistance. Insulin resistance is often caused by consuming foods that
contain trans fats, for a long time. The study found that a high
trans-fat and processed food diet can reduce insulin sensitivity by as
much as 27%, in healthy adults. Supplementation with probiotics helped
normalize insulin functioning.
Below are highlighted
excerpts from the study originally published July 2015: “Probiotic consumption may improve glycemic
control modestly. Modification of gut microbiota by probiotic
supplementation may be a method for preventing and control hyperglycemia
in clinical practice.
metabolism is causally related to a greater risk of several chronic
disorders, including diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, and cardiovascular
diseases. Blood glucose can be controlled through diet and lifestyle
modification to prevent diabetes or related complications and evidence
suggests that dietary constituents and supplements such as omega-3 fatty
acids, dairy products, pistachio and coffee can improve glycemic control
or reduce an individual’s risk of diabetes.
research shows that gut microbiota are involved in diabetes and
metabolic disorders, revealing that diabetic patients have altered gut
microbiota compared to non-diabetic counterparts. Results
trials involving 1,105 participants (551 probiotics, 554 control) were
included and these trials were parallel RCTs that were similar with
regard to baseline characteristics, indicating successful randomization.
Sixteen studies were double-blind design; and one was a single-blind
...Probiotic species and dose used varied
between studies. Eight studies used a single species of probiotics,
whereas the others used a combination of equal or more than 2 species.
All studies reported good compliance with no side effects from consuming
probiotics, except for 2 studies that reported subject flatulence, loose
stools or constipation
reported changes in fasting blood glucose (FBG). Of the seventeen
trials, four studies reported a significant reduction of FBG after
probiotic intervention, with mean differences ranging from -0.15 to
...Overall, probiotics significantly reduced
FBG by 0.31 mmol/L, insulin by 1.17 μU/mL and improved HOMA-IR by 0.48,
indicating a modest effect of probiotics on glycemic control; however,
even small glucose reductions may provide health benefits. Abnormal
glucose metabolism carries crucial risks for many metabolic diseases,
such as obesity, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome
(OSAHS), and cardiovascular disease.
...probiotics had a
greater effect on FBG in people with diabetes and there were only trends
of glucose-lowing effect in those without diabetes, supporting the
notion that probiotics supplementation may generate a greater benefit in
individuals with higher FBG levels.
chronic inflammation is observed in diabetic and obese individuals and
the immune system is crucial for regulation of glucose metabolism.
meta-analysis revealed a moderate beneficial effect of probiotics on
glycemic control along with lower insulin and HOMA-IR, data that are
consistent with a recent meta-analysis suggesting that yogurt intake was
associated with an 18% lower risk of T2DM. Modification of gut
microbiota by probiotic supplementation may be a method for preventing
and control hyperglycemia in clinical practice.
This study supported
by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, (81300689,
81403215). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and
analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.”
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