New Study Uncovers Obesity-Causing Bacteria

Weight gain has been blamed on quite a few things in the past: sugar, carbs, water, toxins, and even genetics. Many people find themselves cringing when they find out they’ve put on a little extra weight and their reflection in the mirror is looking a little more round these days. However, according to a new study conducted by the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism and School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Shanghai, a certain strain of bacteria may be to blame for that extra weight.

In the study, several mice were given samples of a bacteria known as Lipopolysaccharide endotoxin that originated from human volunteers. The toxin made up 35% of the bacteria in the patient’s gut. Once the sample was administered, the mice began to show signs of inflammation-like weight gain and decreased insulin resistance. When the amount of bacteria decreased, the mice lost weight and insulin resistance returned to normal. In essence, the lab results suggest that the presence of this bacteria is a contributor to obesity in humans.

These results shed new light on the causes of weight gain, possibly even opening up a new avenue for weight loss techniques and using science to target obesity. In light of this new information, weight loss techniques advocating the cleansing of certain bacteriums may soon find their way on store shelves and infomercials sooner than expected.



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