A connection has been drawn between certain types of bacteria, as recovered in human feces, and levels of abdominal body fat. This could suggest a link between inherited bacteria and obesity.
The new research follows on from a series of studies looking at the heritable bacteria found in the fecal microbiome and different metabolic conditions. With the new study, microbiologists from King's College London have discovered that people with a high diversity of bacteria in their feces tended to carry lower levels of visceral fat. In contrast, those with a more narrow range of bacteria, tended to carry more fat.
The experimental data was drawn from a study of twins, looking at 1,313 twins who agreed to participate in an on-going medical study called TwinsUK. The twins were mostly female and all were U.K. born. For the specific study, stool samples provided by participants and subjected to analysis.
Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle