American scientists concluded that children under two years old are at high risk of obesity if they use antibiotics. The survey that was carried out between 2001 and 2013 revealed that 33% of children, taking potent medications, have suffered from overweight by four years of age.
The new medical study has shown a close connection between antibiotics used in children under two years old and obesity that developed in the future. Dr. Charles Bailey at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (an author of new method) analyzed along with his colleagues histories of children’s diseases during the first five years of their life.
The study took place from 2001 to 2013. Almost 70% of children aged 0 to 2 years were taking antibiotics. By that time, 23% of them were suffering from obesity. By the age three and four, this number increased up to 30% and 33% respectively, according to The Fox News.
Scientists could not find out whether medications were the cause of obesity, as stated by Dr. Bailey. One of the most probable hypothesis is that antibiotics destroy bacteria in the stomach. At this condition, the body preferably needs to gain weight.
Medications can change the taste of foods or cause other unwanted effects. Sometimes doctors just have to prescribe children antibiotics in early age, when their own immune system is still undeveloped.
However, doctors accept the probability of that obesity is caused by not antibiotics themselves, but most likely, by diseases that are cured with these drugs. Besides, heredity and food that children eat may cause overweight as well.
It is noteworthy that this was not the only study, proving the connection between antibiotics and obesity. Thus, a group of scientists from The New York University led by Dr. Martin Blaser made an experiment, which has shown that children, who were taking antibiotics during the first few weeks of their life, have had a slow metabolism, resulting in a rapid weight gain.
The antibiotics abuse can also cause asthma, allergy or even diabetes. Dr. Blaser believes that it is very important to reduce the usage of antibiotics, as well as carry out diagnostics that might help the doctors determine the cause of infection more precisely.