The more antibiotic prescriptions an individual has each year, the greater their risk for type 2 diabetes … according to a new study by Dutch researchers.

Here we go again – more bad rap about antibiotics use.  New research suggests that taking antibiotics might increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Danish researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes tended to take more antibiotics in the years leading up to their diagnosis than Danish folks without the condition.

Per the referenced article:

Patients with type 2 diabetes are overexposed to antibiotics compared with matched control persons without diabetes,” said study researcher Dr. Kristian Hallundbaek Mikkelsen, 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,” Mikkelsen said.

Based on these findings, and many other research studies on the over-consumption of antibiotics by patients worldwide, it is a prudent recommendation by medical professionals that a person should take the only the absolute minimum dosage of antibiotics necessary – and only when advised by a physician.

Narrow-spectrum antibiotics found to have strongest link with type 2 diabetes

The researchers identified a greater number of antibiotic prescriptions among individuals with type 2 diabetes, at 0.8 per year, compared with 0.5 antibiotic prescriptions annually for those without type 2 diabetes.  And via their analysis, the team found that individuals who filled more prescriptions for antibiotics were at greater risk for type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Furthermore, a number of antibiotics were linked with increased type 2 diabetes risk, the researchers say the strongest association was for narrow-spectrum antibiotics – antibiotics that are effective against specific types of bacteria – such as the case of penicillin V.

Study co-author Dr. Kristian Hallundbæk Mikkelsen, of Gentofte Hospital in Denmark, and colleagues publish their findings in the “Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism”.

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