Probiotics & Diabetes: Reset your Gut IQ

Probiotics have been reported to have a positive impact on the metabolic control of patients with type 2 diabetes. We aimed to systematically evaluate the effects of probiotics on cardio-metabolic parameters in type 2 diabetes based on randomized controlled studies in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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32 trials provided results suitable to be included in the analysis. The effects of probiotics were calculated for the following parameters: BMI, total cholesterol levels, LDL, triglycerides, HDL, CRP, HbA1c levels, fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin levels, systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. Data analysis showed a significant effect of probiotics on reducing total cholesterol, triglyceride levels, CRP, HbA1c, fasting plasma glucose, fasting insulin levels, and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure values.

Supplementation with probiotics increased HDL levels however did not have a significant effect on BMI or LDL levels. Our data clearly suggest that probiotics could be a supplementary therapeutic approach in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients to improve dyslipidemia and to promote better metabolic control. According to our analysis, probiotic supplementation is beneficial in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Curative power of probiotics

Several studies show that probiotics can help alleviate several specific aliments. In 2011, a panel of experts at Yale University reviewed the published research.

The panel concluded that probiotics are most effective in the treatment of diarrhea in children, ulcerative colitis, necrotizing enterocolitis (an inflammation of the intestines mostly seen in infants), and eczema due to cow's milk.

The experts also found that probiotics are effective in priming the immune system, and in preventing diarrhea due to antibiotics and infections.

In addition, they determined that probiotics are less effective but nevertheless useful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, vaginitis, and diarrhoea caused by C. difficile bacteria.

In addition to all this good news, it now seems that probiotics can help you to control your blood glucose levels.  As allways consult with your doctor or primary care physician before starting new probiotics strains.

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Kocsis, T., Molnár, B., Németh, D. et al. Probiotics have beneficial metabolic effects in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Sci Rep 10, 11787 (2020).