A bacterium which makes you lose weight

In preclinical studies, the administration of Akkermansia muciniphila, a bacterium of the intestinal flora, prevented the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes, which are provoked by overeating. According to a recent discovery, these positive effects could be reproduced by a protein present on the surface of this bacterium, which opens the door to its use for the treatment of these obesity-induced metabolic disorders in people. Download the column

Richard Béliveau

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"Diet" soft drinks, which lack calories, are often presented by the industry which makes them as a healthy alternative to soft drinks which are loaded with sugar. Download this column.