Good bugs, bad bugs…

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

from Wired Science, a post on how gut microbiota can increase your risk of heart disease. In the paper discussed in this post, metabolic profiling of patients who had recently had a heart attack led the authors to identify a correlation between heart attacks and the activity of bacteria that break down phosphatidylcholine, producing trimethylamine N-oxide.  In a mouse model of heart disease, antibiotics that get rid of gut bacteria also reduce the risk of diet-related clogging of arteries.

How significant is this risk?  We don’t know yet.  Don’t start popping antibiotics after eating a heavy meal, please.

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