antibiotics

Young children more likely to be obese if given antibiotics as babies, study shows

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: children, antibiotics, obesity

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
White House admits staging fake vaccination operation to gather DNA from the public
EXCLUSIVE: Natural News tests flu vaccine for heavy metals, finds 25,000 times higher mercury level than EPA limit for water
Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead 'chemtrailed' into America's skies every year
Truvia sweetener a powerful pesticide; scientists shocked as fruit flies die in less than a week from eating GMO-derived erythritol
Russia taking McDonald's to court, threatens countrywide shutdown
Why does the CDC own a patent on Ebola 'invention?'
Senator who attacked Doctor Oz over dietary supplements received over $146,000 in campaign contributions from Big Pharma mega-retailer and Monsanto
Global warming data FAKED by government to fit climate change fictions
HOAX confirmed: Michelle Obama 'GMOs for children' campaign a parody of modern agricultural politics
Oregon man serving prison sentence for collecting rainwater on his own property
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
Ebola outbreak may already be uncontrollable; Monsanto invests in Ebola treatment drug company as pandemic spreads
Ben and Jerry's switches to non-GMO, Fair Trade ice cream ingredients
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women
Elliot Rodger, like nearly all young killers, was taking psychiatric drugs (Xanax)
Right to farm being stripped from Americans: Michigan to criminalize small family farms with chickens, goats, honey bees and more
Monsanto's seed imperialism halted in Canada thanks to massive protests
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Antibiotics took another hit recently as researchers in Great Britain concluded following a massive study that young children tend to be fatter if they were given antibiotics as babies.

Researchers examined a total of 11,532 infants born in Avon, U.K, from 1991-1992 who were exposed to antibiotics during three early lifetime periods ranging from fewer than six months old, 6-14 months and 15-23 months. Indices of body mass were taken at five time points - six weeks, 10 months, 20 months, 38 months and seven years).

"Antibiotic exposure during the earliest time window (fewer than six months old) was consistently associated with increased body mass," the study found, the results of which were published in the International Journal of Obesity. "Exposure from 6 to 14 months showed no association with body mass, while exposure from 15 to 23 months was significantly associated with increased BMI (body mass index)" at seven years old. "Exposures to non-antibiotic medications were not associated with body mass."

Findings could lead to gains in additional research areas

"Exposure to antibiotics during the first six months of life is associated with consistent increases in body mass from 10 to 38 months," while "exposure later in infancy (6-14 months, 15-23 months) are not consistently associated with increased body mass," the study concluded. After 38 months, children were 22 percent more likely to be overweight.

"Although effects of early exposures are modest at the individual level, they could have substantial consequences for population health. Given the prevalence of antibiotic exposures in infants, and in light of the growing concerns about childhood obesity, further studies are needed to isolate effects and define life-course implications for body mass and cardiovascular risks," researchers said.

The team opined that one cause could be that the drugs are affecting bacteria in the gut, which eventually leads to weight gain, but they affirm that more research is needed to establish a link.

"Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories, and exposure to antibiotics, especially early in life, may kill off healthy bacteria that influence how we absorb nutrients into our bodies, and would otherwise keep us lean," Dr. Leonardo Trasande, of New York University School of Medicine, one of the researchers, told the BBC.

"We typically consider obesity an epidemic grounded in unhealthy diet and exercise, yet increasingly, studies suggest it's more complicated," he added.

Microbiologist, Dr. Cormac Gahan, from University College Cork, added that there was a lot of research interest in the area, "but it is very early stages for this type of work."

Not popular, but effective

Bacteria living on a human by far outnumber the body's own cells, so there is a rising interest in how this "microbiome" may affect human health. In extreme circumstances, the BBC said, there are instances of doctors transplanting fecal matter in order to introduce so-called "healthy" bacteria into the gut to treat infections when other methods have failed.

Dr. Alisdair MacConnachie, of Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow, has used the procedure to successfully treat Clostridium difficle infection, but says it should only be utilized as a last resort. Since 2003, he has performed 20 such operations.

"Ultimately, all the patients I've treated, bar one, has got rid of their C. difficile," he said.

"My personal view is that this technique is there for patients who have tried all the traditional treatments," he continued. "If a patient doesn't respond to that and still gets recurrent C. difficile, then they're in real trouble and there isn't really any other technique or any other treatment that has the proven efficacy that fecal transplant does."

He admits the procedure might turn your stomach and that's likely why more physicians aren't using it - because he doubts it would be very popular among patients.

Sources:

http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ijo2012132a.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19341639

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15113440

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.