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Using This Drug DOUBLES Your Diabetes Risk!

By on September 3, 2015
To fight off serious infections, doctors recommend one drug: An antibiotic.

And while antibiotics are good at fighting off these infections, there’s now a major risk associated with them, say researchers.

So what’s the risk? According to Danish researchers, antibiotics are now associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, but researchers aren’t sure why this is occurring.

More shockingly, it doesn’t just raise this risk by a small amount, according to their research.  They report it could raise it by as much as 50 percent.

Now that’s a major concern for researchers.

“Patients with type 2 diabetes are overexposed to antibiotics compared with matched control persons without diabetes,” says Dr. Kristian Hallundbaek Mikkelsen, one of the study’s researchers and a medical-doctoral student at the Center for Diabetes Research at Gentofte Hospital and the University of Copenhagen. “The overexposure is seen after, as well as 15 years, before the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.”

The Study

Studying more than 170,000 adults living in Denmark with type 2 diabetes and 1.3 million adults without the disease, researchers looked at how often they used antibiotic prescriptions annually, specifically examining those with type 2 diabetes. Researchers wanted to find out if there was a link between antibiotic use and the rate of type 2 diabetes in the Danish population.

Comparing how often non-diabetics and type 2 diabetics used antibiotics, they soon found their answer: Diabetics used antibiotics more frequently, even if they were otherwise healthy. Researchers estimated those who received antibiotic prescriptions at least five times were 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with the disease.

These are definitely not small numbers–but researchers caution this doesn’t mean antibiotics alone are to blame. Instead, it may be a cause related to it, such as repeated infections, or a compromised immune system.

“What drives the higher risk for diabetes isn’t clear,” says Mikkelsen. “It’s possible that the condition develops over time, increasing the risk of infection–and need for antibiotics–before an actual diabetes diagnosis. Or, perhaps repeated infections somehow increase diabetes risk, or exposure to antibiotics boosts the odds.”

However, health experts are quick to caution that antibiotics aren’t something to use frivolously. They advise being smart about your antibiotic usage instead, only taking them when prescribed by a doctor.

So don’t abuse antibiotics–chances are it could lower your type 2 diabetes risk.

“Be careful when it comes to antibiotic use,” says Dr. Maria Pena, director of the Center for Weight Management at Lenox Hill Hospital. “Use them only when needed and recommended by a doctor.”

What You Should Do

Want to minimize your type 2 diabetes risk? Then keep your antibiotic use to a minimum–the less you use it, the lower your risk, according to new research from Denmark. Doing so could cut your risk by as much as 50 percent.

Readers: What do you think of antibiotics? Are they good or bad?

Source:
Antibiotics Linked to Type 2 DiabetesWebMD.com
Taking Antibiotics Linked to Higher Type 2 Diabetes RiskCBSNews.com

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