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A new study published in Nature indicates that the present epidemic of type 2 diabetes is directly related to the lack of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

“We have demonstrated that people with type 2 diabetes have a high level of pathogens in their intestines,” said the lead researcher for the study, Jun Wang from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biology and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research.

“We are going to transplant gut bacteria from people who suffer from type 2 diabetes into mice and examine whether the mice then develop diabetes,” said another of the lead scientists behind the project, professor Oluf Borbye Pedersen from the University of Copenhagen.

There are a few easy dietary measures you can take to ensure gut bacteria health:

  • Avoid antibiotics, which kill healthy bacteria.
  • Eat a diet filled with raw foods.
  • Eat probiotic foods such as fermented sauerkraut, to replenish healthy gut bacteria.

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