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Risk of diabetes type 2 linked with frequent antibiotic use

There used to be a time when antibiotic medications were restricted to specific ailments, and were not accessible for general use. But today, antibiotic medicines are widely available for general use, and cover an extensive range of diseases all together.

Diabetes is a condition when the body either loses its ability to produce insulin (diabetes type 1), or the peripheral receptors lose their ability to respond to insulin levels in blood (diabetes type 2), leaving the system unable to digest, use and store sugar adequately.

Certain studies have revealed quite a strange link between the use of excessive antibiotic medicines and increased risk of development of diabetes type 2.

Danish researchers have pointed out towards increased risk of diabetes type 2 in individuals who used to intake high amounts of anti biotic medicines for years.

One of the study authors belonging to Gentofte Hospital in Hellerup (Denmark), Kristian Hallundbaek claims to have found people affected with type 2 diabetes in their research study, who have a history of up to 15 years of use of antibiotic medications, when compared to the healthy group. She added to it that although origin cannot be inferred from this, but such discoveries mark towards a possibility that antibiotics are associated with increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.

For the sake of study, 170,504 subjects who were affected with type-2 diabetes and 1.3 million normal subjects were taken into consideration. Their antibiotic prescriptions were followed. The group that made more use of antibiotics was more likely to be diagnosed with the ailment.

Research in the past has left us with a fact that antibiotic treatment regimes alter the functioning of the normal bacteria which our gut contains, which may even involve their function to metabolize sugar. An impaired sugar digestion function may eventually increase the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Source: washingtonpost.com