Childhood antibiotics up prediabetes risk

TODDLERS given antibiotics may end up with gut changes favouring the development of prediabetes in their teen years, according to research presented at a major endocrinology conference.

A team from Athens University in Greece analysed stools from teens with prediabetes and compared them with healthy controls to determine differences in gut bacterial ecology.

They found significantly lower levels of the bacterium Ruminococcus Spp. per gram of stool from the prediabetes teens.

The prediabetes group were also 8.5 times more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics before the age of three.

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