Statins beat bad bacteria

Published May 10, 2020

Obese peo­ple have a low­er diver­si­ty of gut bac­te­ria than thin folks, some­thing biol­o­gists are still try­ing to fig­ure out. For exam­ple, they tend to have more of a type that caus­es inflammation.

Here’s a new wrin­kle: When obese peo­ple take statins, their gut bac­te­ria gets bet­ter — the lev­el of that ‘bad’ bac­te­ria drops significantly.

Why is that bac­te­ria linked to inflam­ma­tion? Why do statins seem to mod­er­ate it? They just don’t know … yet.

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