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Gut reaction: How bacteria in your belly may affect your heart

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Published: July 22, 2016

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Maria Jasmine Freeman
August 04, 2016

Thanks for the article. It’s never early to advise whole grain and fibre rich diet, for a better general health. Bacterial impact has already reached, according to studies, our brain, pulmonary system, and breast cancer fronts, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and the immune system; therein the heart is reached too!
As for the high TG level in Asian men, in scholarly articles, severe stress-like in the case of working Asian men- causes elevation of LDL and cholesterol, perhaps thus TG indirectly, outmatching the positive effect of diet.
Dr Hana Fayyad, pediatrician ( Maria Jasmine Freeman, published author, on menopause).

Lita Newdick
July 30, 2016

I am eighty six years old, still play doubles tennis, currently have no aches and pains and am told I appear many years younger than my chronological age. Now that I am hearing about the importance of gut bacteria I cannot help but wonder if my good health is connected to the green powder with 25 billion probiotics which I have been ingesting daily for over twenty years.

kalsoom
July 25, 2016

I understand there are many forms of gut diseases this form restricts ones ability to confidently go anywhere. The medication also causes dramatic effects on liver function and depresses my immune system which again causes apprehension of catching diseases from others in public.

Sam
July 25, 2016

Feces transplant is on treatment option

Kanchi N. Gandhi
July 25, 2016

Regarding the remark “People who eat a traditional, plant-based Mediterranean or Asian diet tend to have a greater diversity of intestinal bacteria than Americans and Europeans …”: About 40% of Asian men tend to have a high level of Triglyceride, which in turn adds to the increase of total cholesterol in a person, often resulting in artery clogs and heart attack.

Geovanna
July 24, 2016

Mediterraneans… are not Europeans? I think you meant to refer specifically to the diets of central and northern Europeans, right? The mediterranean countries of Europe are still Europe AFAIK.

fidel
July 22, 2016

At least 70% of our immune health depends on our gut. You may have a bigger colony of bad bacteria compared to the good one. One way is to turn it around, have a lot more good bacteria than bad ones.

Hagen S Kelzke
July 22, 2016

I have microbial colitis which has persisted for over 2 years which causes severe diarrhoea and much gas. At its worst l have been unable to leave my house for months at a time.
I have tried many diets and use Solone and other anti inflammatory medications.
I have tried high dose probiotics and many natural ant inflammatorys such as Turamin, garlic, ginger and many vitamins.
When this problem is at its worst l gain weight or at least l do not loose weight. When the problem is in remission which l never understand why my weight declines without doing anything different.
I understand there are many forms of gut diseases this form restricts ones ability to confidently go anywhere. The medication also causes dramatic effects on liver function and depresses my immune system which again causes apprehension of catching diseases from others in public.
Gut disease also causes depression and the resulting inflammation at times can make me feel old and tired.
From my point of view the gut controls my body and is certainly one thing that healthy people would find most beneficial by treating food as the most important thing to prevent illness.

Hans
July 22, 2016

I read about a case like yours. The woman was given- as a last resource of treatment – an enema with feces from a person with healhy gut flora – on this case, from her mother. The treatment was successful.

Asmaa
July 27, 2016

Hagen, I would also recommend you look into fecal microbiota transplants, aka, fecal transplant from a healthy donor. Search Mark Davis FMT.

Maria Jasmine Freeman
August 04, 2016

Hello Hagen
Your post drew my attention. If it is a microbial colitis that u have, I would suggest using oral non absorbable antibiotics, specifically for eleminating pathogenic bacteria( and resulting gas and pain), proven by studies. A well known such drug is Rifaximin( Normix), for 2weeks, escorting a healthy diet, of course.
For your observation of weight gain during flare up, it could most likely be due to simultaneous steroid use( Solone), causing edema and weight gain! Ur observation is contrapuntal to what’s seen in other inflammatory bowel diseases-where weight gain occurs during remission, or in celiac disease.
Will be pleased to be kept posted, or via my Twitter account ( Dr Hana Fayyad).

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