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Intestines reveal diabetes

Research shows that the structure of the intestinal flora plays an important role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The new knowledge could be used for faster and earlier diagnosis of the disease.

More than 250,000 Danes are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and researchers estimate that just as many suffer from the condition unknowingly. New research shows that the intestinal flora could tell if a person is affected by the disease.

“We have demonstrated that people with type 2 diabetes have a high level of pathogens in their intestines, and we see an increased amount of the bacteria that cause free radicals in the body,” says Jun Wang, Executive Director of BGI and professor from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biology and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, and adds:

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