SIBO and Metabolism

If you’re struggling with IBS symptoms, such as gas, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea, then it may be caused by an underlying condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). Studies have shown that treating SIBO not only improves digestive function, but may also improve metabolism.

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SIBO and Metabolism

Dr. Michael Ruscio: Treating SIBO can help improve your metabolism. Hi, this is Dr. Ruscio. And if you have gas, bloating, abdominal pain, loose stools, diarrhea, or constipation, then you may be in luck. Or there may be, ironically, good news in that unfortunate constellation of symptoms, which is these symptoms are known as SIBO, or oftentimes can be caused by something known as SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestines.

And a study Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source was published recently showing that by treating this small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, the patients experienced an improvement in their total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, their insulin levels, and their blood sugar levels. So essentially we’ve seen improvement in metabolism.

Now, why this is a really important and, I think, nice finding is because it shows an underlining cause of digestive destress can improve metabolism. And this is what many, I think, who treat gastrointestinal conditions and imbalances have probably noticed for a while now.

I know that I see fairly frequently—not always, but fairly frequently—when treating and improving the health of the patient’s gut, we will oftentimes see things like cholesterol, insulin, and even weight loss improve or weight loss be able to be realized by improving the health of the gut.

So by eliminating this bacterial overgrowth, one can improve the health of their digestion and see things like bloating and constipation go away. But they can also see their metabolism improve, which comes back to this overarching concept that we’ve discussed quite frequently, which is the importance of treating the gut and then reevaluating if anything else really needs to be done after that.

Now, why might this be happening? Well, what’s interesting here as we get into some of the specifics of the study is that eradication of the methane bacteria or bacteria that causes constipation was what enabled these metabolic improvements. So it may be that in causing constipation and slowing food down, your body is able to absorb more calories from that food, and thus cause things like high cholesterol and high blood sugar. But in any case, this expresses the importance of treating a problem in the gut to improve your metabolism.

So if you think you might have SIBO, it’s a good idea to get tested and see if that will help with your glucose, your cholesterol, your metabolism, and maybe even your weight.

So this is Dr. Ruscio. I hope this helps you get healthy and get back to your life. Thanks.

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6 thoughts on “SIBO and Metabolism

  1. Nice, Dr. R,, I’ve read that study, but I would really argue that methane leading to higher absorption of food is not the reason behind high cholesterol or insulin, or weight gain. I would definitely think that it has to do with inflammation. Like in diarrhea, everything is flushed from small intestine (well, not everyghing, but you get the point) therefore, there may be time for the gut to repair, whereas in constipation there just isn’t and there’s more butyrate, and lower pH (as known from previous studies), which may be very good in large intestine, but isn’t in the small bowel. At least that;s what I believe is happening.

  2. Nice, Dr. R,, I’ve read that study, but I would really argue that methane leading to higher absorption of food is not the reason behind high cholesterol or insulin, or weight gain. I would definitely think that it has to do with inflammation. Like in diarrhea, everything is flushed from small intestine (well, not everyghing, but you get the point) therefore, there may be time for the gut to repair, whereas in constipation there just isn’t and there’s more butyrate, and lower pH (as known from previous studies), which may be very good in large intestine, but isn’t in the small bowel. At least that;s what I believe is happening.

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