Extensive use of antibiotics will lead not only to the development of multi-resistant bacteria, but also to increasing cases of allergies, asthma, diabetes and obesity, a leading scientist warns.
‘I give a shout-out. If we don’t take action, then there will be worsening development for our children, grandchildren and future generations’, Martin Blaser, one of the world’s leading researchers in the field, told NRK news.
Blaser considers the possibility of increased development of chronic diseases to be as much a threat to our health as resistance to antibiotics.
Overuse of antibiotics over generations has destroyed a part of our vital gastrointestinal bacteria.
In addition, there is an enhanced threat from more children being born by Caesarean section.
The new research shows that there is, in fact, a correlation between changes in the natural intestinal flora and our development of new diseases such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, allergies, autism and gastrointestinal infections.
‘The body consists of a partnership between the cells and all the microbes that live there. We have inherited the microbes from our ancestors, but now we are changing them through the use of antibiotics and other factors such as caesarean sections’, says Blaser.
Senior Physician Merete Eggesbø of Public Health says ‘many studies’ confirm Blaser’s claims.
‘Even the antibiotics given to the mother during pregnancy increase the risk of food allergies for the baby,’ she says.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today