Tomorrow’s Heart Drugs Might Target Gut Microbes
If your cholesterol levels are high, your doctor might prescribe you a statin, a drug that blocks one of the enzymes involved in creating cholesterol. But in the future, she might also prescribe a second drug that technically doesn’t target your body at all. Instead, it would manipulate the microbes in your gut. Each of us is home to trillions of bacteria and other microbes—a teeming mass collectively known as the microbiome.