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How intestinal bacterial fatty acids reach the brain. Can it affect the sensation of hunger?

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the relationship between the intestinal bacteria population, and the risk of obesity and high sugar levels in the blood - the two main characteristics of the metabolic syndrome, namely risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

A decade ago, a researcher from the University of Washington in Missouri published a groundbreaking paper showing that intestinal bacteria can cause obesity in mice. This has paved the way for many human studies and the identification of microbes that are involved in obesity or can prevent it. 

In recent years, fecal implantation treatments have been developed that change the population of bacteria in the human intestine. These treatments have had promising results in the treatment of diabetes, and are now being tested for their effectiveness against obesity.