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Gut microbes mix with toxins to make us fat?

Pollutants and chemical toxins could increase the chances of being overweight or having diabetes—but it may depend on the sort of bacteria churning around in the gut, a new study shows.

After reviewing numerous studies, scientists at Cornell University concluded “there is mounting evidence that gut microbiota composition affects obesity and diabetes, as does exposure to environmental chemicals” and that individual variations in gut microbiota may affect the way those chemicals are metabolized in the body.

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