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Are Antibiotics Contributing to Obesity, Diabetes and Stroke?

Are Antibiotics Contributing to Obesity, Diabetes and Stroke?

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  • Regions of the United States with the highest levels of antibiotic overuse also have the worst health status, including the highest rates of obesity, asthma, heart disease, heart attack, diabetes and stroke
  • While preliminary, the new data suggests that antibiotic overuse may be associated with chronic health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and is likely due to their detrimental effects on your gut bacteria
  • It’s already been established that antibiotics may permanently alter your gut bacteria and interfere with important hunger hormones secreted by your stomach, leading to increased appetite, body fat and body mass index (BMI)
  • Avoiding antibiotics in your food, and using them for bacterial infections only when necessary, will go a long way towards protecting your health

By Dr. Mercola

Extending the Cure, a non-profit research group, has published a series of maps looking at the major drivers of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.


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