June 06, 2015
Staph Bacteria Toxin Causes Type 2 Diabetes In Rabbits

This might explain the higher incidence of insulin resistant diabetes among the obese.

A new study by University of Iowa microbiologists now suggests that bacteria may even be a cause of one of the most prevalent diseases of our time - Type 2 diabetes.

The research team led by Patrick Schlievert, PhD, professor and DEO of microbiology at the UI Carver College of Medicine, found that prolonged exposure to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria causes rabbits to develop the hallmark symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, including insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, and systemic inflammation.

"We basically reproduced Type 2 diabetes in rabbits simply through chronic exposure to the staph superantigen," Schlievert says.

The UI findings suggest that therapies aimed at eliminating staph bacteria or neutralizing the superantigens might have potential for preventing or treating Type 2 diabetes.

Greg Cochran has been saying for years that pathogens are causing mo

Lose weight! The heavier you get the more staph bacteria will grow on your skin.

Obesity is a known risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, but obesity also alters a person's microbiome - the ecosystem of bacteria that colonize our bodies and affect our health.

"What we are finding is that as people gain weight, they are increasingly likely to be colonized by staph bacteria - to have large numbers of these bacteria living on the surface of their skin," Schlievert says. "People who are colonized by staph bacteria are being chronically exposed to the superantigens the bacteria are producing."

I bet Paul Ewald and Greg Cochran are not surprised by this news. Said Greg in 1999:

I HAVE a motto," Gregory Cochran told me recently. "'Big old diseases are infectious.' If it's common, higher than one in a thousand, I get suspicious. And if it's old, if it has been around for a while, I get suspicious."

Share |      Randall Parker, 2015 June 06 01:26 PM 

Wolf-Dog said at June 6, 2015 4:03 PM:

In addition, the intestinal bacteria also control the metabolic functions. Not all probiotics are good, some of them are harmful, as there are hundreds of species. People who have bad metabolic health often have an imbalance of bacteria in the intestines. Some of these bacteria cause inflammation by increasing either the levels of histamine or by causing histamin intolerance.

Two key groups of bacteria in the intestine are: Bacteroidetes and Bacteroidetes.


The ratio of these two groups (their proportion) determines the metabolic balance and also the histamine levels. Bad bacteria and imbalance of bacteria is caused not only by the bacteria that we ingest, but also by what we eat (i.e. how we feed the bacteria.)

More details can be found in this book, which is very interesting: "Bulletproof Diet" by Dave Asprey.


In particular, this book also explains how different diets feed different groups of bacteria, meaning that by changing the diet it is possible to improve the critical ratio of Bacteroidetes and Bacteroidetes which affects the metabolic functions, as well as histamine levels and sensitivity (connected with inflammation.)

Wolf-Dog said at June 6, 2015 4:08 PM:

Sorry I made a typographical error above, I mean to write that the two critical groups of bacteria are Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. I repeated myself by saying Bacteroidetes twice (to make sure that my spelling is correct I copied and pasted, but ended up omitting the second word.

Bill Paisley said at June 10, 2015 12:18 PM:

I would appreciate some information - from someone, anyone - that doesn't dwell on the overweight and type 2 diabetes. I am currently 180 lbs, have been for many years, and have had type 2 diabetes since 2002. I grow weary and tired of doctors and pundits crying "Lose weight!!!' or clicking on a link that says "Great New Ideas for Getting Rid of Type 2 Diabetes!" only to see a "Step 1, lose weight!" as the "Great New Idea". What about us already skinny people?

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