Research Suggests Restoring Lost Bacterial Cues Might Protect against T1D

“In the case of T1D, decreased gut microbiome diversity is characteristic of and can be predictive of disease onset, suggesting that at-risk children may be missing specific microbes with disease-mitigating functions,” Hill wrote. The team further suggested in their essay that fortification of these microbial activities in children who carry risk alleles for T1D could be a strategy to prevent or delay disease.”

 “If we can continue to learn more about the mechanisms driving specific effects of the microbiota,” Hill said, “I think we can … hopefully use that knowledge to treat many autoimmune diseases.”

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