Gut Bacteria Linked to Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Identified, University of Maryland School of Medicine Study  
8/16/2012 7:33:07 AM

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified 26 species of bacteria in the human gut microbiota that appear to be linked to obesity and related metabolic complications. These include insulin resistance, high blood sugar levels, increased blood pressure and high cholesterol, known collectively as "the metabolic syndrome," which significantly increases an individual’s risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.