When good bacteria in your intestine go rogue
The human intestine is home to a huge variety of microorganisms, called the intestinal microbiota. These are critical to keeping our immune and metabolic systems functioning properly. Sometimes our bacteria turn against us due to instigators such as emulsifiers found in certain foods. These additives may cause some bacteria in our microbiota to invade the mucous layer lining the intestine. Over the long-term, this could lead to the development of cardiovascular disease. The EU-funded INVADERS project is profiling these invaders. Confirming the link between intestinal traitors and metabolic conditions could lead to simple therapeutic interventions with far-reaching impact on obesity, diabetes, and liver and cardiovascular diseases.
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