Poop Transplant Future Diabetes Cure
Poop Transplant Future Diabetes Cure – Fecal transplant is the process of transferring a healthy person’s stool into a sick person’s colon in order to restore the bacterial balance. It sounds bizarre, and even a little crazy, but doctors and scientists all over the country are discovering just how effective fecal transplants can be.
The Chicago Tribune wrote a story predicting that stool banks may one day be just as common as blood banks. Human stool transplants have been found to consistently cure up to 90 percent of patients who have had multiple episodes of C. difficile, an infection which causes serious diarrhea and affects about 3 million people per year. Typically, these infections are treated with antibiotics such as vancomycin, which can actually make the infection worse by killing off beneficial bacteria and allowing the resistant C diff. to survive. This recurring infection can be fatal, killing an average of 14,000 Americans every year. It’s especially dangerous for young children and the elderly who are more susceptible to the bacteria that causes the colonic inflammation and diarrhea.
Use of the procedure is simple and shockingly effective for patients with serious bowel infections. CNN recently reported on a young girl who nearly died from the infection, and was cured immediately by a fecal transplant using stool donated from her mother. This recovery was after nine rounds of antibiotics failed to eliminate her life-threatening infection.
While the idea of receiving a fecal transplant may disgust some, the sickest patients aren’t fazed by the “ick factor” of the procedure. If it helps them recover from their serious illness, they’re willing to try it.
Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the procedure on treating not only C. difficile, but other conditions as well. (1) Various studies have shown fecal bacteriotherapy, to be effective in colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and some neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. (2, 3, 4, 5) Researchers in Amsterdam are even running a clinical trial to see if fecal transplants can help treat obesity. (6) The composition of the gut flora is one of many factors that affects weight regulation. (7) There may be countless other conditions that could be helped by this simple, effective, and safe procedure.
We have yet to tap into the full potential of fecal bacteriotherapy in treating a number of gut-related illnesses. I’m excited to see how this therapy develops, and wouldn’t be surprised to see the creation of stool banks in a few years. Fecal transplant may be a disgusting concept to some, but who knows – one day it could save your life!
The results of another study indicate that type 2 diabetes in humans is associated with compositional changes in intestinal microbiota. The level of glucose tolerance should be considered when linking microbiota with metabolic diseases such as obesity and developing strategies to control metabolic diseases by modifying the gut microbiota. (“PLoS One”; Gut Microbiota in Human Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Differs from Non-Diabetic Adults; Nadja Larsen et al.; Feb. 2010 )
Another study concluded, “Increased gut permeability, intestinal inflammation with impaired regulatory mechanisms and dysregulated oral tolerance have been observed in children with type 1 diabetes. The factors that contribute to these intestinal alterations are not known, but interest is focused on the microbial stimuli and function of innate immunity. It is likely that our microbial environment does not support the healthy maturation of the gut and tolerance in the gut, and this leads to the increasing type 1 diabetes as well as other immune-mediated diseases regulated by intestinal immune system. Thus, the interventions, aiming to prevent or treat type 1 diabetes in humans, should be targeting the gut immune system.” (Is the origin of type 1 diabetes in the gut?)
Yet another study summarized, “The environmental factors that contribute to the onset of Type 1 diabetes are unknown but are of increasing interest. This article focuses on the possible role of the gut microbiome in the development of Type 1 diabetes. Administration of either antibiotics or probiotics prevents diabetes in murine models of the disease, which suggests a role for gut microbiota in insulin-dependent diabetes.
The subsequent analysis of human gut samples led to the proposal that the gut microbiome may provide early diagnosis for autoimmunity for Type 1 diabetes and allow the identification of bacteria that may one day be useful in the prevention of autoimmunity. Future work should include microbiome analysis in more samples, functional analysis of the bacteria present and a search for small molecules of bacterial origin that may be responsible for a leaky mucosal layer.” (Microbiology of Type 1 diabetes: possible implications for management of the disease )
This may be a treatment worth considering, but I would want to see more studies for safety and efficacy over the long term and with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, before venturing into such a new area of treatment. We always prefer the most natural, healthiest way possible to treat and manage diabetes, but not to the exclusion of considering other options if they are proven to enhance outcomes without undue risks. We prefer to normalize gut microbiome through healthy lifestyle choices first. For many, that may be sufficient to do the trick. For others, probiotics may be in order. Perhaps others will find results through fecal trnansplants in the future.
Our environment, internal and external, indoors and outdoors, has reached a point of inescapable concern. Taking healthy measures to minimize your exposure and keep your body’s detoxification systems functioning optimally can be of great benefit to long term health and #BloodSugarControl.
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