Washington: Scientists have identified 26 species of bacteria in the human gut microbiota that may be linked to obesity and related metabolic complications. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found several species of bacteria that are associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. "We identified 26 species of bacteria that were correlated with obesity and metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass index (BMI), triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels and C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation," senior author, Claire M Fraser said. "We can`t infer cause and effect, but it`s an important step forward that we`re starting to identify bacteria that are correlated with clinical parameters, which suggests that the gut microbiota could one day be targeted with medication, diet or lifestyle changes," Fraser said in a statement.
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