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Hacking Akkermansia: The Keystone Bacteria Critical to Gut Health and Longevity with Insights from GI-MAP

Join us as Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP, and Tom Fabian, PhD, CNTP, discuss the keystone commensal biomarker, Akkermansia muciniphila, and how it impacts gut health and longevity.

Akkermansia muciniphila plays a role in gut health, blood sugar regulation, GLP-1 production, gut-brain health, and more.

Dr. Fitzgerald will dive into the research surrounding this exciting marker and discuss how clinicians should address high and low levels of Akkermansia seen on the GI-MAP’s quantitative report.

Watch to learn:

  • Why Akkermansia is a keystone strain for health as we age
  • The connection between Akkermansia and metabolic health
  • How to tailor supplement and dietary protocols for patients using results from GI-MAP

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Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP

Kara Fitzgerald, ND, IFMCP

Dr. Fitzgerald is actively engaged in clinical research on epigenetics and longevity using a diet and lifestyle intervention developed in her research and practice. She has published two clinical studies on the potential bioage-reversing effects of an 8-week DNA methylation-supportive diet and lifestyle in middle-aged men and women in the journal Aging.

Dr. Fitzgerald is on faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner, and lectures globally on functional medicine, longevity, and epigenetics to practitioners and consumers. She maintains an award-nominated podcast series, New Frontiers in Functional Medicine and an active blog on her website, www.drkarafitzgerald.com. Her clinical practice, the New Frontiers Functional Medicine & Nutrition Clinic, is located in Newtown, Connecticut.

Tom Fabian, PhD, CNTP

Tom Fabian, PhD, CNTP

Tom is a functional nutrition practitioner, consultant, educator, speaker, and former research scientist. His primary expertise is in how the microbiome interacts with the digestive, immune and nervous systems, and how it influences metabolic processes. He has developed online educational programs for practitioners seeking in-depth education in the microbiome and related topics. He also has extensive experience in the areas of aging and healthspan optimization, both through his previous research experience as well as his more recent experience as a functional health practitioner.

The opinions expressed in this presentation are the author's own. Information is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for personal advice provided by a doctor or other qualified health care professional. Patients should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing a health or fitness problem or disease. Patients should always consult with a doctor or other health care professional for medical advice or information about diagnosis and treatment.

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