Study Finds Link Between Gut Bacteria and Obesity

Cleveland Clinic doctors discover other health risks associated with TMAO, including insulin resistance-a precursor to type 2 diabetes.

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Cleveland Clinic researchers continue to unlock more secrets about a common chemical byproduct produced by gut bacteria during the digestion of the nutrients choline, lecithin and carnitine.Those nutrients are found primarily in animal prducts, such as red meat, processed meats, egg yolks, and liver. The chemical byproduct is trimethylamine oxide (TMAO). TMAO is associated with injury to the arteries and reduced cardiovascular health.
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