Type 1 Diabetes and the Gut

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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease characterised by antibodies directed at the pancreatic beta cells. Unchecked this autoimmune process impairs the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin resulting in poor blood sugar control and hyperglycaemia. This article will explore the gut microbiota and the changes that disrupted gut flora, or dysbiosis, has on the onset […]

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Leaky Gut Driving Disease States

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Now that we have covered what intestinal permeability or ‘leaky gut’ actually is we can now move onto some possible health conditions associated with the condition. As previously covered the intestinal barrier forms a front line defence against anything we consume. There are numerous mechanisms that work tirelessly to monitor what is allowed passage from […]

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Immune System & The Microbiome

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Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are inflammatory, recurrent, bowel diseases. Ulcerative colitis is characterised by abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea and fluctuating inflammation of the mucosal lining found in the colon and the rectum (1, 2). Similar in many ways, Crohn’s disease is characterised by ulcerations found predominantly in the ileocolonic (90%) although the hallmark […]

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Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Diseases

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Is leaky gut a prerequisite to developing an autoimmune condition? Dr. Alessio Fasano thinks so. Autoimmune diseases have been an interest of mine since learning that a close friend had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age. Before that point I had never looked deeply into what an autoimmune condition actually was. Not […]

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