A Specific Gut Bacterium Causes Obesity And Disease

In this research, Enterobacter Cloacae represented 35% of the gut bacteria in a morbidly obese volunteer, a severe imbalance. This specific bacteria was transplanted into germ-free mice and compared to a control.  After 4 months, the group with the transplanted bacteria was 28% heavier even though they were fed the same diet.

In human terms, thats like the healthy group averaging 160 lbs while the e-cloacae group would be 46 lbs heavier. The image above gives you a sense of what that difference might look like.

Phage Aid targets the specific bacteria in this experiment, Enterobacter Cloacae.

Read more about the effects of Enterobacter Cloacae in the gut microbiota.

 

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