Gut microbes: Burning calories while you sleep?

Study links changes in gut bacteria to lower resting metabolic rate and weight gain in mice. A University of Iowa study in mice shows that drug–induced changes to the gut microbiome can cause obesity by reducing the resting metabolic rate – the rate at which calories are burned while sleeping or resting. The findings, published in the journal eBiomedicine, highlight the critical role of gut microbes in energy balance and suggest that unhealthy microbiome shifts can lead to weight gain and obesity by altering resting metabolism.

Source:The University of Iowa Health News, 12/18/2015

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