In its pasteurized version, this bacterium allows to appreciate a weight loss of about 2 kg and a reduction in blood glucose levels
The 8 oilseeds against diabetes and heart diseases
Naturally present in the intestinal flora of healthy humans, Akkermansia muciniphila is a bacterium that could soon prove to be a valid ally against overweight and type 2 diabetes.
The research, oriented towards the goal of marketing dietary supplements with the aforementioned pasteurized bacterium as its main component, has seen several interesting studies in recent years.
The most important results began to appear a little over ten years ago. The research work of the team of Dr. Patrice Cani of the University of Leuven (Belgium) is fundamental in this regard.
In recent weeks, another fundamental contribution by this scientific team has been published on the pages of the journal Nature Medicine.
This is a study that confirms the effectiveness of the bacterium in the prevention of prediabetes – a condition that precedes the onset of type 2 diabetes and that is characterized by high but normal glucose values - and in the control of cholesterol levels.
In this case, unlike in 2007, these are results found on a human sample. The researchers of the University of Louvain have in fact administered supplements based on Akkermansia muciniphila to both overweight and obese subjects, all with problems of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.
The research group noted in the individuals included in the sample both a slight weight loss – an average of just over 2 kg – and a reduction in the parameters related to metabolic syndrome and high LDL cholesterol.
Supplementation of the bacterium to the 32 patients included in the sample did not cause any side effects.
This makes the practical implications of the pilot study just described even more important. The results mentioned above, to be corroborated by analyzing the effects of the bacterium on a larger number of people, represent a hope for the improvement of a very serious picture.
We are talking about the number of deaths from cardiovascular events, an eventuality that, worldwide, affects one person in three every day (data from the World Health Organization).
Among the main risk factors are pathologies such as diabetes and hypercholesterolemia, situations where prevention – a process in which Akkermansia muciniphila seems to be a great help – is notoriously very important.