Can probiotics help my oral care or diabetes?

Modern medicine is gradually accepting the use of probiotics. Preliminary research studies on probiotics in oral care have shown some benefits but much more research is needed.

In diabetes, probiotics have shown some activity in decreasing insulin resistance for people with type 2 diabetes, and to reduce blood glucose levels in rats with diabetes. More human studies are needed.

Probiotics are thought of as "good bacteria," in your mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines. Probiotics may have some mild side effects, such as gas and bloating. They are technically sold as foods, not drugs. They are sold in foods like yogurt, and are available as supplements in the form of powders or capsules. Microorganisms that are commonly sold include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.

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