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Interactions between Gut Microbiota, Host Genetics, and Diet Modulate the Predisposition to Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome

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Summary of results of thus scientific research:

  • Host genetics determine changes in gut microbiota in response to high-fat diet
  • Environmental history impacts on gut microbiota and response to dietary challenges
  • Specific bacterial taxa correlate with metabolic phenotypes within and across strains
  • Diet, host genetics, and gut microbiota interact in development of metabolic syndrome

Top Reddit comment:

This is one of my areas of interest, and I am always disappointed to see these threads gain traction, and then the top comment becomes some version of "calories in, calories out." 

This is a huge area for research, with significant potential to improve our lives. For example, researchers were startled to learn that weight loss surgery doesn't result in weight loss because the stomach is made smaller - it results in weight loss because it influences changes in the make-up of gut bacteria.

We need to fight our subconscious biases to be open to new research, and one of Reddit's biggest biases is any research related to obesity.

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