Health Minute: Your Microbiome and Why it MattersMar 31, 2017
We’ve heard about it in the news and it sounds important, but do you know what your microbiome is? On this Health Minute, Dr. Kathleen Boynton, gastroenterologist at University of Utah Health, talks about the microorganisms in your gut and how they may play a bigger role in your health than we originally thought.
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Interviewer: Your microbiome, gastroenterologist Kathleen Boynton. What is it and why is it important to me?
Dr. Boynton: The microbiome, it turns out, based on recent discoveries, is much more than was originally assumed. We've known for a long time that the microbiome helps us extract calories and nutrients from our diet. But what is potentially even more important is that it may determine your risk for diseases. So when we mention diseases, it's things that are not necessarily related to the gut, such as obesity or diabetes or autoimmune diseases in general, not just the ones found in the gut or allergies in general. So here we have this tool that, if we understand better, we may be able to use to cure or treat these diseases.
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