Saturday, February 8, 2014

Gut Microbes

By Rey Vetangelo

Weight loss surgery in Mexico, America and Canada is getting more and more common, but recent studies have shown an underlying cause to why people gain weight, and why some people gain more than others. Not just that, but the study also hints at some of the reasons that some people have a hard time keeping weight off.

Obesity is constantly increasing, especially in America. Cancer is also increasing just as much. So how can cancer be caused by obesity?

As mentioned, the microbes in your gut help your body produce energy from the food you eat. Therefore, this bacteria culture in your stomach is affected by what you eat-if you eat more of one type of food, your body will develop microbes that feed off things in that type of food.

Insulin is increased in the bodies of those people who are obese. This insulin may increase the risk of tumors in the body and will throw off the balance of the insulin in the blood. This is one of the major reasons people that are obese get diabetes.

One of the most pervasive diseases of our day, cancer in its various forms is responsible for over half a million deaths in 2012 while an estimated 1.6 million new cases were reported in the same year. Obesity has been linked to cancers of the esophagus, pancreas, colon, rectum, breast, endometrium, kidney, thyroid, and gallbladder and it is suspected of being related to several other forms of cancer as well. As stated previously, your risk of contracting cancer increases as your weight increases, but why?

When we look at how to encourage a healthy culture of these gut microbes, we have to ask ourselves exactly how it's done. But the answer isn't that difficult: you feed them. When researchers let the two different sets of mice mix together in this study, the ones with the obesity-related microbes quickly grew a much better culture of microbes, and lost a lot of their weight.

When we, as people, eat a modern diet with a lot of sodium, saturated fats and things like that, we discourage a healthy microbe culture in our gut, and gain weight.

One of these is less energy. The less that you are moving the susceptible you are to blood problems and other issues that could easily transfer over to cancer in the end.

Although weight loss surgery in Mexico, America and Canada are growing in popularity, there is a much simpler way to lose weight and keep it off. It's not always the easiest thing to do, especially if you have a very hectic lifestyle, but it is possible for everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables and keep themselves at a healthy weight.

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