Diabetes and obesity: How healthy poo could help

25 Jan 2019

Researchers are hoping to develop a new treatment for Type 2 diabetes using healthy people's poo.

The trial in Swansea will see microscopic organisms from healthy volunteer's faeces transplanted into the bowels of obese people with Type 2 diabetes.

Experts behind the research believe it could lead to some people being able to stop taking diabetes medication.

They are currently recruiting 60 participants to take part in the study.

"There's a real yuck factor to this," said Prof Dean Harris, who is part of a team of experts from Singleton Hospital and Morriston Hospital in Swansea and Swansea University, which is conducting the research.

"But I emphasise that the bacteria we are transplanting is highly processed and filtered and it's almost unrecognisable compared to the origins that it comes from."