"Cocktail" of gut bacteria could be alternative to gastric bypass

03/27/2013 | New Scientist

A transplant of various gut bacteria could potentially be a knifeless alternative to gastric bypass surgery, often used to treat obesity or related ailments such as type 2 diabetes, researchers say. Scientists found that mice fed a mix of gut bacteria from mice that have undergone gastric bypass surgery lost 5% of their body weight in two weeks, compared with mice on the same diet without the bacteria. The reason is still a mystery, though researchers speculate the gut bacteria may be changing the way the intestines absorb calories into the body.

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