Apr 07, 2017
According to the findings in a US study published in the journal Gut, prolonged excess use of antibiotics can substantially escalate an individual’s risk of developing polyps on the bowel or colon which might result in cancer.
The authors of the study believe, the findings additionally contribute to the emerging substantiation that the type and diversity of bacteria inside the gut might have a vital role in the cancer development.
The medical researchers viewed data from 120,000 nurses who were aged 30 and 55, volunteered in a prolonged US research which started in 1976 termed as the Nurses’ Health Study. In between 2004 and 2010, nearly 1,194 cases were diagnosed wherein there were abnormal growths in rectum and colon seen.
Associate Professor Graham Newstead, who is also the bowel cancer expert in Australia, thinks that the research had tremendous credence. Newstead is the head of the colorectal unit at the Prince of Wales private hospital and director of Bowel Cancer Australia.
He says: “We know already that if you take antibiotics you frequently get diarrhea.”
This was since the antibiotic killed a few of the normal bacteria resulting in an excess growth of the abnormal bacteria in the gut. However, Newstead states that the research study did not seem to pay attention at the effect of antibiotics on the colon and therefore caution should be taken.
From the research conclusion, those nurses who had consumed antibiotics for almost two months or more between the ages of 20 and 39 were 36% more potentially drawn towards being diagnosed with a polyp, or adenoma, as compared with those who had not consumed antibiotics for any kind of extended timeframe in their 20s and 30s.
Likewise, having antibiotics for two months or more during 40s and 50s were 69% more potentially drawn towards being diagnosed with an adenoma.
Those who had consumed for 15 days or more from the ages 20 to 39, and between the ages of 40 and 59, were 73% more potentially drawn towards being diagnosed with adenoma.
Newstead said: “It does seem to indicate that people who have too many antibiotics might be at more risk of of getting polyps than people who have less of them.” He also said that it is not necessary that all polyps turn to cancer; however cancers do come from polyps. Therefore if an individual has more tendency of getting polyps, then he or she might be at a higher risk of developing cancer.
What Newstead had to conclude from the study is that one must not take antibiotics for just a simple ‘tickle’ in the throat or a cold.
Apr 11, 2017
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