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Miraculous bowel: how it protects us from cancer and other diseases


The microbiome in the human gut affects the risk of cancer

In previous studies on cancer therapy it could already be found that if the intestinal flora of patients contained the germ Akkermansia muciniphila, such people responded more often to preparations that make the tumor more recognizable for the immune system. Researchers have now analyzed the intestinal flora of a total of 112 patients with skin cancer, and have found that a greater variety of bacteria in the intestine leads to better effectiveness of therapies.

The researchers at the Anderson Cancer Center in Texas found that greater bacterial diversity in the gut can improve the effectiveness of therapies. The intestinal flora is now regarded as one of the possible triggering factors for many diseases in which the immune system is involved. This applies not only to chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, but also to type 1 diabetes, neurodermatitis, asthma, inflammatory rheumatism or multiple sclerosis.

Today's lifestyle changes the microbiome

In recent years, the incidence of many of these diseases has increased significantly. For example, the number of inflammatory bowel diseases in adolescents in France doubled between 1988 and 2011. Diabetes is also increasing. There have always been genetic factors for increased risk. However, today's lifestyle seems to change the microbiome significantly, the researchers say. Doctors suspect that diet has a significant impact on these changes, which is promoted by too much red meat and animal fat. The consumption of fruit and vegetables could have a protective effect. But medication and the consumption of tobacco also have a negative effect on the microbion.

Food additives affect the microbiome

Of course, antibiotics are very important drugs, but the uncritical use of these drugs is of course questionable. Today, there are also many foods that contain additives, experts explain, according to the Austrian “Kurier”. For example, so-called sugar substitutes change the microbiome. It has not yet been researched whether this change has a positive or negative effect.

Blocking bacterial properties could inhibit cancer development

Part of our microbiome is passed on from generation to generation. This leads to an increase in the effects. Microbes could potentially play an important role in changes in the immune system. In patients with colorectal cancer, the composition of the intestinal bacteria of those affected changes, as previous studies from Austria showed. This finding could be an important approach for future therapies. So it would be possible to block certain properties of bacteria. This could inhibit the development of cancer.

Consultants and manufacturers use the gut microbiome to make a profit

Many dubious health and lifestyle consultants have now discovered the subject of the gut microbiome. The experts warn that based on expensive analyzes of the intestinal flora, health conclusions are drawn. There are also a variety of diets, cures or supplements that are said to bring a disturbed microbiome back into balance. However, there is usually no scientific evidence of effectiveness. But as with many dangerous diseases, those affected desperately spend a lot of money on such measures or treatments. (as)

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