Our November 10th Question of the week quizzed test takers on intestinal bacterial health and diabetes. 40% of respondents chose the correct answer, while 60% did not. We thought that this was an important topic to discuss further, so we can pass on correct info to people living with diabetes.
Before we start though, if you don’t want any spoilers and haven’t tried the question yet, you can answer below: Answer Question
Question: Intestinal health and diabetes are co-related. Which of the following statements is true?
As shown above, the most common choice was option 2, the second most common answer was option 1, then option 3, and finally option 4.
If you are thinking about taking the certification exam, this practice test question will set you up for success. Test writers anticipate possible answers based on the details in the question. They will wave those “juicy answers” right under your nose. Your job is to weed through the particulars, pluck out the most important elements and choose the BEST answer.
Answer 1 is incorrect. 26.30% chose this answer. “High levels of intestinal butyrate indicate excess inflammation and increased glucose levels.”
Butyrate is one of the main metabolites produced in the colon by bacterial fermentation of dietary fiber. When it comes to gut health, higher levels of butyrate, a short-chained fatty acid, indicate higher fiber consumption and overall gut health and happiness.
Answer 2 is correct. 39.86% of you chose this answer. “Thicker intestinal mucous lining is correlated with a lower risk of diabetes”.
The image to the right is a great illustration. You can see that the thicker the mucus lining in the intestinal lumen, the less overall inflammation and leaky gut. A diet high in fiber feeds the microbiota in charge of maintaining a thick and healthy mucous lining.
Answer 3 is incorrect. About 19.58% of respondents chose this. “In diabetes, there is an inverse correlation between food diversity and gut bacteria diversity”
There is actually a direct correlation between food diversity and gut bacterial diversity. Enjoy a rainbow of foods, with lots of veggies, seeds, legumes, nuts, fruit, and whole grains.
Finally, Answer 4 is incorrect. 14.25% chose this answer. “Decreasing the prevalence of mucin-producing bacteria decreases diabetes risk.”
Mucin producing bacteria, like Akkermansia Muciniphila, help maintain a healthy mucus lining in the intestinal lumen. This is associated with less overall inflammation and leaky gut. A diet high in fiber feeds the microbiota in charge of maintaining a thick and healthy mucous lining.
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