Digbi Health, which provides a gut microbiome and genetic risk-based precision care program, recently received $5.4 million in Series A funding. Accel, based in Palo Alto, Calif., led the round for Digbi. To date, Digbi has raised over $8 million. The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., has a care program that aims to manage obesity and associated inflammatory digestive, skin, and cardiometabolic illnesses. It currently has two programs: Digbi Control and Digbi Digestive.
What is the gut microbiome?
According to Science Direct, the gut microbiome “...is the totality of microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and their collective genetic material present in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).”
There has been more and more news lately about the role of the gut microbiome on overall health. For example, this New York Times article discusses a recent study that found that as people age, the composition of their gut microbiome changes. The more the microbiome changes, the better the person is aging.
What did ResoluteAI learn about gut microbiomes and obesity?
Clinical trials researching the gut microbiome and obesity
There were 489 clinical trials on the gut microbiome and obesity that appeared in our search. Looking over the past 10 years, we can see a steady increase in the number of clinical trials on this topic. The number peaked in 2017, but continued well into 2018 and 2019.
Some of these clinical trials on the gut microbiome and obesity include:
- The Mayo Clinic is studying gut microbiota changes in obese individuals undergoing dedicated lifestyle modification programs.
- The University of Minnesota looked at the influence of exercise on the gut microbiome of overweight and obese adults with prediabetes.
- The Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) is studying the gut microbiome and weight gain after smoking cessation.
- The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking at the Mediterranean diet and weight loss: targeting the bile acid/gut microbiome axis to reduce colorectal cancer
Publishing on the topic of the gut microbiome and obesity has been increasing year over year.
Publications on gut microbiomes and obesity
Recent articles on gut microbiome and obesity:
- Study: Air pollution could cause obesity, chronic disease by changing the gut microbiome
- Do the bugs in our gut make us sick, sad and obese?
- Cholesterol Lowering Drugs Linked to Improved Gut Microbiome in Obese People
- Heart Drugs May Influence Gut Microbiome In Obese People, Says New Study
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