Could A Boring Diet At the Root of Diabetes?

According to a new study, decreasing diversity in people's diet might be partially to blame for the rise in diabetes. It could benefit you to shake things up by eating a wider variety of animals and plant species.

The Study

The study was reported by mark Heiman, chief scientific officer at MicroBiome Therapeutics. Some 3/4 of people in the world consume only 5 animal species and 12 plant species, the study found. According to Heiman, this could be why conditions such as obesity, diabetes and gastrointestinal illnesses have been on the rise, especially over the last 50 years.

"Like any ecosystem, the one that is most diverse in species is the one that is going to be the healthiest," Heiman said. "In almost every disease state that has been studied so far, the microbiome has lost diversity. There are just a few species that seem to dominate."

Lack of Diversity

Researchers found differences in the microbiome profiles of type 2 diabetics and non-diabetics. Heiman proposes using nutritional therapies to help improve health and decrease diabetes. This would include diversifying the diet.

According to Heiman, we need to pay less attention to fad diets that tell us to eliminate foods from our plates. Rather, we should be thinking about how to bring more new foods to the table.

More food for a healthier diet? That’s a refreshing thing to hear.

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