Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

Researchers' Findings Raise Hopes for Treatment

Magic mine/Shutterstock.com

Researchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples.

The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria.

“By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.

This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health

Both premature deaths and hospital admissions caused by air pollution have dropped sharply since Ontario systematically closed down its coal-fired power plants.

Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function

Cognition improves in patients after a stroke with as little as 12 weeks of aerobic exercise and strength training, University of Pittsburg researchers report.

Combo Probiotics Ease Hay Fever

A combination of two probiotics reduced spring allergy symptoms in adults in a University of Florida study.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Left untreated, periodontal disease not only puts a pet at risk for pain, infection and tooth loss but it can also cause damage to the heart, kidneys and liver.

Pick Me Up Herbs

There are several herbs which restore the body and replenish the nervous system. Take advantage of these herbal allies, especially in the cold winter months, when our bodies are ready to receive yin nourishment.

Flu Epidemic and the Immune System

While exposure to bugs can’t always be avoided, much can be done to boost the immune system to lessen their impact and potentially save lives.

Benefits of Micro-Biome Restorative Therapy For Pets

Like humans, a companion animal may struggle with gastrointestinal issues, allergies and a weakened immune system after years of exposure to antibiotics, other drugs, environmental chemicals and poor diet.

Workshop on Natural Approaches to Mental Health

Phyllis Light, the legendary master herbalist from Alabama, will be teaching a two-day workshop, Natural Approaches to Major Mental Health Issues.

Sage Plant-Powered Health Now Offering Plant-Based Tours to Italy

Tracie Hines, founder of Sage Plant-Powered Health, is leading two Inspired in Italy tours from September 21 to 28 (ladies only) and October 4 to 11 (couples/singles).