Chronic pancreatitis can be treated by tweaking the intestine’s bacterial milieu; suggest Indian scientists
As per a study by the Indian scientists, if the bactaerial environment in the intestine is altered, chronic pancreatitis can be successfully treated. The disease is known to lead the body into diabetes and decreases the digestion ability, as well as the blood regulation is worsened. However, the study needs to be strictly tested before finally being adopted to the clinics.
The Clinicial Pancreatologist and Head of Pancreatic Research at Hyderabad’s Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rupjyoti Talukdar said, “Whatever treatment is offered to these patients is directed in ameliorating or reducing pain and improving nutritional and glycemic (blood sugar) status.”
He further added, “Our recent studies have added a new angle to the disease biology of CP, i.e. alteration of the gut microbiota could contribute to diabetes and malnutrition. Gut microbial manipulation, including ‘designer’ probiotics and faecal transplantation, could be a potential future therapeutic addendum.”
The study entailed the fact that our human gut system is composed of over 35,000 types of bacteria. In a layman’s term, there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good ones aid the body in digestion by breaking down the complex carbohydrates. They also keep health hazards at bay by fighting them off. Working their way to produce essential vitamins and hormones, these bacteria are normal co-existing elements in our immune system.
The other type of bacteria leads to the progression of diseases like chronic pancreatitis. All-in-all, the study summarizes that altering this composition can help in curing the disease.
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is currently a disease without no definitive cure. It involves damaged pancreatic tissues, reduction in the digestive juice and the concentration of piled up fat. The situation never cures, it goes on worsening as the time advances.
At this point of time, the bad bacteria rise up and deteriorate the health condition. F.Aprausnitzii and R. bromii are among the two good bacteria that reduce as the condition advances.
This study is a ray of hope for health officials researching for ways out of the disease. It suggests that some futuristic approaches towards altering the gut bacteria minions can suggestively be a cure for CP. Faecal transplant and personalised probiotics are therapies to administer for the cure.
The other obvious solution offered by Rupjyoti Talukdar included changes in the diet consumed by the patient. It is highly advisable to put away the intake of high fat-diet and instead relying on a home-prepared dietary intake.