Health: Children Taking Antibiotics Too Early Causes Risk of Developing Prediabetics?
It is a norm to give toddlers antibiotics, thinking it would help them to prevent from sickness.
However, medical researchers found out that giving antibiotics to toddlers at the age of 3 years old would increase the risk of developing PREDIABETICS in adolescence! What’s going on??
Prediabetics is an early high-risk stage of type 2 diabetes mellitus. According to Dr Charikleia Stefanaki, Research Associate in Pediatric Endocrinology at Athens University Medical School, Greece, increased consumption of antibiotics up to the age of 3 seems to decrease beneficial gut microbes and this will alter nutrient absorption and metabolism.
A team of scientist analysed stool samples from 10 prediabetic adolescents. They found out that these adolescents have taken antibiotics between births until three years old.
By the time they were 3 years old, they have taken antibiotics over three times a year. These stool samples were found to contain fewer species of Ruminococcus, a type of bacteria that forms colonies which nourish beneficial bacteria in the gut. Researchers believed that the decreased amount of Ruminoccocus is the main reason that leads to prediabetes.
Parents might be shocked to find out this, but don’t worry! To help reassure parents, study’s authors suggest that certain prebiotics (non-digestible fibres that nourish beneficial microbes) and probiotics could help to reestablish a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. This will reduce the risk of prediabetes in adolescents even if antibiotic is used in early childhood.
It is very important for parents to use antibiotics correctly. Don’t give children antibiotics, unless when really needed! This will keep your children grow healthily!