Exploring the link between gut health and obesity
By now, you are probably aware of just how important the gut microbiome is.
Studies have linked it to playing a role in supporting the immune system, brain health and metabolism.
Now, new research from the Universities of Nottingham Trent and Warwick has uncovered yet another potential link between the gut microbiome and our bodies’ metabolic processes.
The research explores endotoxins – bacterial substances present in the gut, and their potential role in increasing the risk of metabolic disorders such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
And with the World Obesity Federation predicting more than half of the world’s population will be overweight or obese within 15 years, research like this could be of great importance.
So, in this episode of the Food Matters Live podcast, we delve into what endotoxins are and what the link is between obesity and the gut.
Thomas Barber, Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant Endocrinologist, University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
As scientific lead for the Human Metabolism Research Unit, Dr Barber’s current research interests include the impact of human metabolism on development of obesity, and strategies to prevent and manage obesity and Diabetes.
Dr Barber leads the Obesity service at UHCW. He has published >50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presents regularly as an invited speaker at scientific meetings both nationally and internationally.
Dr Barber also engages regularly with national media on obesity-related topics.