Douglas Cobb
Guardian Express
July 6, 2013

Researchers reported on Thursday that our gut bacteria can affect our gut reactions our entire lives. Our gut bacteria can affect our weight, risk of disease, how our bodies process the calories we consume and how easy or difficult it is for us to lose or gain weight. In short, our gut bacteria may be shaping our health throughout our entire lives.

According to the researchers, though the study that they undertook didn’t reveal if it’s possible to change one’s gut microbiome to lose weight, it suggests that a once-a-year stool test might become part of your regular checkup.

The researchers conducted in-depth, long-term studies on the bacteria living inside several dozen volunteers and found very little change over the years, with one notable exception: in women who lost a lot of weight suddenly.

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