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How Gut Bacteria May Help Curb Your Heart Disease

Heart HealthTurns out it might not be the fat and cholesterol in red meat that most harm your heart. It could be how bacteria in your gut interact with the food.

Cleveland Clinic researchers surprised everyone with that news four years ago. This month they revealed another surprise: It could be possible to treat or prevent diet-induced heart disease by tweaking your gut bacteria. So far, it has worked in lab mice.

The same method may one day treat chronic kidney disease and diabetes. Those diseases are linked to gut microbes too.

“The concept that gut bacteria contribute not only to atherosclerosis, but also to heart failure and chronic kidney disease, opens up exciting new nutritional and interventional prospects,” says Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, Head of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic.

Learn more about this groundbreaking research.