Your Gut Health Impacts Your Risk for Heart Disease
Researchers have linked the health of the gut microbiome to the risk for obesity and diabetes. Now, we have substantial evidence that the microbiome can impact the risk for atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).
How does the gut microbiome influence disease? Humans actually have 2 genomes: human genes and the collective genes (the gut microbiome); trillions of microbes that coexist within each human gut. In fact there are 100 times more genes in the microbiome than there are human genes in the body.
These microbiota genes generate proteins, including hormones, neurotransmitters and molecules of inflammation that can enter the circulation and affect human health. This activity of the microbiota creates not only a second genome, it is also like an additional endocrine organ.
A recently JAMA published article gives considerable evidence to how the human gut microbiome may affect the development of atherosclerosis by influencing risk factors for heart disease and by directly effecting the initiation and progress of atherosclerotic plaques.
Conclusion: Improving the health of your gut microbiome can modify your risk for three major causes of death: diabetes, obesity and hearth disease.
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