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Q. Can I take probiotics for weight loss?

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 19, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am planning to lose weight, and I was given probiotics for some dehydration and diarrhea three years ago. I lost five kilograms at that time. Now my weight is 79 kgs, and my height is 151 centimeters. I need to lose weight, so can I start taking probiotics again to lose weight? If not, please suggest something about weight loss.

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Hello,

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Probiotics are given post diarrhea to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. According to the studies, obesity and diabetes are linked to the gut microbiome. So, I think there is no harm in taking probiotics, but I cannot comment on whether they will help you lose weight.


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