Antibiotics linked to Diabetes

Time.com ran a story about a research project in Denmark which has uncovered a relationship between the onset of type-2 diabetes and prior heavy use of antibiotics. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, looked at 170,000 type-2 diabetics, and matched their medical records against 1.3 million Danish citizens of similar description but without diabetes. Statistically, people who became diabetic has used 60% more antibiotics and non-diabetics.

The authors proposed two possible mechanisms for this result. First, they wondered if the tendency to be vulnerable to infection that may accompany diabetes starts earlier in the process, i.e. before the diabetes can be detected, and therefore those people need more antibiotics even before they are diagnosed. The second interpretation is that antibiotics use itself raises the risk of type-2 diabetes.

A major player in antibiotics research leans toward the second explanation, Dr Martin Blaster, professor of medicine and microbiology at NewYork University Medical Centre, says that your personal bacterial profile, which is normal and required for good health, is distorted by antibiotics overuse, which creates an environment consistent with a downward spiral of health and function.

Dr Blaser said, “Antibiotics have cost – not just monetary cost, but a biological cost in terms of potentially causing long term effects. As we’re studying [the evidence] more and more, it suggests that things may bounce back, but it may not be the same normal, and it may predispose to other diseases – including important diseases, common diseases, like type-2 diabetes.

Are you prone to utilising antibiotics? Is there another way? One of our patients was just today saying how her monthly sinus infections have quite simply stopped since she started chiropractic care. Could this be affecting someone you know?

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