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Antibiotic Use Tied to Diabetes Risk

Danish researchers have found an association between the use of antibiotics and the development of Type 2 diabetes. In 2012, the researchers identified 170,504 cases of Type 2 diabetes and matched them with 1,364,008 controls without diabetes. Then they used Danish government databases to check the participants' antibiotic use over the previous 13 years.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

With greater analytical sophistication we are finally understanding the importance of the gut microbiome.  The best way to change microbial composition of the gut for the worse is the use of antibiotics that wipe out the good bacteria and give their pathogenic cousins a greater chance to achieve a foothold.


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