Gut Bacteria, Antibiotics, and the Rise of Type 1 Diabetes

Gut Bacteria, Antibiotics, and the Rise of Type 1 Diabetes

Breaking research investigates antibiotic use in children and the later development of type 1 diabetes. Could antibiotics be altering the gut biome and impacting future health?

In America, more than 30 million people have a diabetes diagnosis.

Of these cases, around 5 percent are classed as type 1 diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes, usually diagnosed in young adults and children, is an autoimmune disorder; it is sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes.

The individual’s immune system attacks and destroys specific cells within the pancreas – islet cells – that create insulin.

With the following decrease in insulin, blood glucose builds up and damages nerves and blood vessels.

The exact causes of type 1 diabetes are not understood; both genes and environmental factors are thought to play a role.

For unknown reasons, the number of type 1 diabetes diagnoses is rising. According to some estimates, globally, type 1 diabetes is increasing by 3 percent year on year… Read More>>

Source: Medical News Today

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