The answers could lie in our gut
Over time, we've seen how hard it is for patients who lose weight to keep the weight off. Even more puzzling, some individuals with prediabetes who did change their diet and lost weight, didn't improve their condition.
Dr Dorit Samocha-Bonet knew that if she wanted to solve these mysteries and help her patients, she had to go back to the research and find a fresh approach. When she heard about exciting research into the extraordinary effect of our gut microbiota on blood sugar levels after meals, she sensed she had a way forward.
She decided to take this research further and find out whether changing the gut microbiota with a personalised diet might increase the effectiveness of a common diabetes drug, metformin. Dr Samocha-Bonet believes it may unlock some of the mysteries around why some patients get better results than others.