What is an Inverse Association?

In our reports, certain microbes are marked with an asterisk * to denote inverse associations.

This can mean one of two things:

  • If they are considered a “good gut” microbe, an inverse association means having higher levels is not good. For example, Ruminococcus gnavus* has an inverse association under the Fat Loss section. Unlike the other microbes in this section, R.gnavus will not support weight loss in higher numbers.
  • If they are a “bad gut” microbe, an inverse association means having higher levels is a good thing. For example, Faecalibacterium prausnitzii* has an inverse association with IBS. This means that higher levels are more often found in people without IBS. So having higher levels is beneficial!

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