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 which produce your body’s insulin. This article will explore the gut microbiota as it influences the onset and development of type 1 diabetes. Genes, Environment and a Trigger The onset of type 1 diabetes generally occurs in children of […]

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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: The Immune System & The Microbiome connection

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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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