(This is part 2 of an 8-part series on overweight pets from the desk of the Dynavyte Vet.)
When food eaten is converted to energy in the body and not burnt up with adequate exercise over a long period, the dog, cat, or person puts on weight.
The extra fat laid down leads to metabolic problems such as increased blood pressure, fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increasing risk of cancer.
A soon to be published study in The Journal of Functional Foods (May 2020) reports on the effects of Bacillus subtilis (Natto) or B. natto on obesity that has implications for fat dogs, cats, and people.
This research found that B. natto could change the gut microbiota to improve a high fat diet causing obesity. They concluded “that B. natto has a preventative and therapeutic effect on diet-induced obesity. Our study demonstrated that B. natto could reduce body weight and fat mass in obese mice by inhibiting fat synthesis, promoting fat oxidation, altering gut microbiota abundance and increasing the abundance of A. muciniphila.”
Inhibiting fat synthesis means less body fat or smaller fat cells
Promoting fat oxidation means burning up more fat
Akkermansia muciniphila (A. muciniphila) is a good bacterium that has been shown to “reduce intestinal inflammation, strengthen the intestinal barrier, and enhance immunity”.