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Prebiotics & Probiotics: Good Bugs For Preventing and Treating Diabetes

Gastrointestinal problems ranging from bloating to chronic constipation to stomach-paralyzing gastroparesis are all potential complications of diabetes. The same beneficial bacteria found in prebiotic and probiotic foods that can help alleviate these conditions may also resolve other issues directly associated with high blood sugar, insulin resistance and other conditions directly associated with diabetes. 1,2

Probiotics and prebiotics help maintain the healthy ratio of good bacteria to bad in your intestinal tract

Probiotics and prebiotics help maintain the healthy ratio of good bacteria to bad in your intestinal tract
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Gut Bugs in a Nutshell

Both probiotics—the active bacteria or “good bugs,” such as bifidobacteria and lactobacilli, found in fresh fermented foods—and prebiotics—substances found in fiber and other indigestible compounds in food that ferment in your intestinal tract and nourish those good gut bugs—help maintain the healthy ratio of good bacteria to bad in your intestinal tract. While more human studies are necessary, preliminary lab research now shows these good bugs also have strong potential to help prevent or delay diabetes and other chronic medical conditions. Following are some of the best food sources of prebiotics and probiotics and tips for maximizing their benefits. 3,4,5

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