In 2014, Japanese scientists showed that people with type-2 diabetes had a completely different microbiome to that of healthy people(1).
Then in 2015, Dr. Alexander Khoruts of the University of Minnesota showed that people with Type-2 diabetes had lost diversity in their microbiome(2), and he started investigating whether a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) and a bacteria friendly diet would clear up the disease. He has already used FTs to clear up infections of Clostridium difficile and IBS with great success.
Furthermore, the Minnesota researchers concluded gut bacteria failings were prevalent in insulin resistance, something which affects about 70 per cent of the population in Britain and America.
In March 2017 scientists from Taichung Veterans General Hospital, in Taiwan reported on their research testing the idea of relieving Type-2 diabetes by FMT on mice and showed that Fecal Microbiota Transplants could successfully control the disease. Healthy gut bacteria could control sugar metabolism and reduce blood sugar when re-introduced. Gram positive gut bacteria appear in higher numbers in the healthy gut, producing certain short-chain esters which control the metabolism. Dr Wu Junying led the research.
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