2016-05-08 19:53:19 UTC
can disrupt a person's gut microbiome
If you have been working out and yet the scale is creeping up,
then you may want to blame your obese roommate. A new study has
revealed that obesity can be contagious.
According to the research from the Wellcome Trust Sanger
Institute, gut bacteria from overweight people spreads to
slimmer people, research has found. Scientists believe gut
bacteria can lie dormant in spores for long periods of time,
through a form of bacterial hibernation. This means that the
bacteria can survive outside the body and potentially transfer
between people by being ingested.
It is estimated that around 2% of a person's body weight is
linked to bacteria as it can disrupt a person's gut microbiome.
In addition to obesity, the research could aid understanding of
a variety of conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease,
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and allergies. Researcher Dr Sam
Forster said, "The extensive database of genomes we have
generated from these bacteria is also essential for studying
which bacteria are present or absent in people with
gastrointestinal conditions. Now we can start to design mixtures
of therapeutics candidates for use in these diseases." The study
is published in Nature journal.