Posts Tagged ‘bacteria’

Akkermansia Muciniphila

Monday, June 3rd, 2013



Apparently, it has been recently discovered that an intestinal bacteria called Akkermansia Muciniphila is significantly lower in people with obesity and type 2 Diabetes.  The studies have only been done on mice at this time but the results are promising.  It seems that when obese mice and mice with type 2 diabetes are given this bacterium they drop pounds without changing their diet.  Even mice that were given high fat diets digested their food better and lost weight.  In these test mice, higher levels of A. muciniphila reversed fat mass gain, insulin resistance, adipose tissue inflammation and metabolic endotoxemia.  It also seemed to help with inflammatory bowel disease.  

Here’s the article published in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA”

This is a welcome bit of knowledge for me, not because I will finally be able to lose the extra fat (a treatment for people will not be available for some time), but because it helps explain why I’ve been fat pretty much my whole life.  I mean seriously, I eat way better than a lot of my skinny friends.  I even exercise more than some of them yet I consistently carry around more pounds.  It always seemed really unfair to me.  And is a lot of the reason I gave up caring about my health a few years ago.  Giving up hope that I could ever be thin made me just give up all together because as any one who has weight issues knows being treated like a loser by most of society sucks.  Being told you aren’t good enough if you are overweight gets to you after a while.  Surely I’m not the only person who has felt the leering eye of a skinny person looking down on you because they assume you don’t do anything or care enough about your health.  (A big fat raspberry to all of those people) I would try and try with little to no results and simply be told I hadn’t tried hard enough.  The only time I was even close to an ideal weight (and I would still have been considered overweight) I was on a strict vegan diet, I did hard labour work for anywhere from 4-8 hours 7 days a week, and I walked about 15 miles a week.  That is not an easily sustainable lifestyle.  I mean seriously, I would like to enjoy my life a little as well.

Here’s hoping that Akkermansia Muciniphila is a positive answer for a lot of people in the same boat as me.  All the people who work hard at staying healthy but still want to enjoy their lives.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Probiotics are doing strange things to my guts…

Friday, April 27th, 2012

stink-faceOK, I know probiotics are very helpful to proper digestion.  Recent studies have found that severely over-weight people have a different gut bacterial flora than people of average, healthy weight.  Thus getting your intestinal biology sorted out is rather important to getting a healthy and balanced body.  At least that seems like a logical conclusion to me.  What a price I am paying for that now though.  The battle being waged by the good vs. bad bacteria in my guts is producing some rather unpleasant short term results.  Basically I am a fart machine at the moment.  I was warned that this would happen.  It usually takes two or three days for this internal distress to work itself out but until then I am finding it hard to even leave the house.  As a friend pointed out ” ewwwww”; to which I could only respond “how do you think I feel”.  But sometimes we pay a short term price for the long term benefit and this is one of those times.  So I definitely recommend probiotics to anyone (as approved by your health care pro)  who wants to get healthy but be ready for the ensuing gaseous few days.