Study Shows That Repeated Use Of Antibiotics Could Alter Gut Bacteria Levels For A Long TimeSeptember 15th, 2010 - 7:32 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar
Sep 15, (THAINDIAN NEWS) A recent study has revealed that antibiotics could have a more longterm effect than people might think. The research showed that repeated use of antibiotics caused the microbes in the guts to change drastically over time. In spite of the study failing to prove that the effect could cause later health problems, some experts say that the wrong type of germs in the system could lead to other ailments like obesity and even asthma. It also raises questions on the lingering ill effects that people suffer from due to use of antibiotics.
The scientists said that there are millions of beneficial bacteria in the human body who play a significant role in the immunity and the overall health of the body. Some of the studies indicate that antibiotics can turn some of the harmful bacteria to become resistant to certain drugs which could result in certain health issues as well.
The research took into account the bacteria levels in the guts of the volunteers. It was found that repeated consumption of the antibiotics caused the amount of germs to plummet to as low as one third of the original amount. Out of the three volunteers, two of them had their intestinal germs back to the normal amount within a week. One volunteer’s guts, however, failed to gain back the flora even after 6 months of the initial antibiotic dosage. After another round of antibiotics none of the volunteers had normal standards of bacteria in their intestines till two months. Scientists said that the gut bacteria arrived in the intestines of the human body within days after birth.
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