Gut microbes may affect heart disease risk

Published: April, 2012

But studies in rodents suggesting a link may not play out in people.

You never eat alone. Instead, you share every meal or snack with an entire community — trillions of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes that live in your digestive system. A provocative study suggests that these microorganisms may affect the development of artery-clogging atherosclerosis.

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