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A low-fiber, high-fat diet can harm your gut health, study confirms

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In a new study from Laval University in Canada, researchers found that diets containing low fiber and high-fat cause big changes in the gut microbiome.

In the study, the team examined the key dietary factors affecting the gut microbiome and how they contribute to obesity and other metabolic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

Mice were fed varying levels of low-fiber, high-fat diets which changed their gut microbiome.

The team found that increasing the amount of fiber in the diet and lowering the amount of fat, two very important components can improve gut health.

More than 34 million people in America have diabetes, and the overwhelming majority of these individuals have type 2 diabetes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The team hopes to test the findings from the animal model in a new upcoming clinical study involving humans.

The goal is to help define novel nutritional approaches to prevent unhealthy changes in the gut microbiome and intestinal function to reduce the risk of metabolic diseases.

If you care about gut health, please read studies about this common gut disease linked to early death risk and findings of your gut health may be linked to high blood pressure and depression.

For more information about gut disease prevention and treatment, please see recent studies about your vitamin D level may affect your gut health and results showing that this diet may strongly boost your gut health.

The study is published in the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. One author of the study is André Marette, PhD.

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