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Overuse of Antibiotics could lead to a greater risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes

Posted on May 03, 2016
Archive : May 2016
Category : News

Recent studies carried out on the effect of antibiotics on the bacteria of the gut, have shown a link between higher antibiotic usage and greater risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes cases have doubled in the western world over the last few years – and the most obvious increase has been in the age group 1-5, which is a worrying statistic.

Their research looked at bacteria in the gut and showed how antibiotics can alter their normal development, resulting in a change in the health of those individuals.

Results showed that those individuals that are susceptible to diabetes had more harmful bacteria compared with those that were resistant to the disease. These harmful bacteria also stimulated the destruction of some insulin producing cells. Type 1 Diabetes can develop due to the body’s immune system attacking insulin producing cells. These results give hope to identifying bacteria which potentially could protect against Type 1 Diabetes.

This is another example of why excessive use of antibiotics especially in the young, should be avoided.

Read more here.

This research was recently published in the Nature Group'sISME Journal, and was supported by the Child and Family Research Institute Diabetes Catalyst Grant from the Canuck's Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

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