Category «Microbiome»

How our genes shape our gut microbiome and our weight

genes-gut-microbiome

Several studies have come out recently showing that those who are overweight have a different gut microbiome composition than those who are lean.  There have also been interesting mouse studies showing that transplanting feces from obese mice into lean mice causes the lean mice to become obese.  A 2010 study that found that supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus …

Genetics and Gum Disease

I read a study last week that piqued my interest in the interplay between genetics and gum disease.  Maybe there is a genetic reason for my tendency towards bleeding gums when the hygienist stabs her probe into them?  I was intrigued to look into other influences on gum disease to see if there is something …

Gut Health and Your Genes – FUT2 Polymorphism, Updated

FUT2 Polymorphisms

I am constantly amazed at the interaction between our bodies and the microbes within us.  Yes, a bit geeky, but this stuff is really cool! I never imagined that secreting your blood type (or not!) could play such a big role in the type of bacteria that dwell in our gut microbiome.   This gets …