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Visceral fat dependent on gut bacteria

Bacteria respond to what we eat and then affect how fat is storaged


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Bacteria that live in the gut may influence our weight.

Study of metabolites in more than 300 pairs of UK twins.

Most of the variation (68%) was down to gut bacteria.

Genes responsible for only 18% of the variation.

Gut bacteria is partly inherited but strongly influenced by what we eat.

No association between age and the levels of 915 of the metabolites.

The study was published in the Nature Genetics journal.

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Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU)

The Helmholtz Zentrum München is the German research center for health and the environment

Human Longevity

Health Intelligence Company

King’s College London

Public research university


Global leader in metabolomics for precision medicine, biomarker discovery, and advancing microbiome research

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Government agency which funds research into health and care

Nature Genetics

Scientific journal providing information on research in genetics.

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