Single course of antibiotics may cause irreversible damage to crucial gut bacteria

Single course of antibiotics may cause irreversible damage to crucial gut bacteria

Taking just a single course of antibiotics can damage the healthy bacteria in the gut for at least a year and possibly permanently, scientists have warned. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that just one prescription can change the composition of the microbiome – the collection of trillions of bacteria, fungi and microbes, which

Taking just a single course of antibiotics can damage the healthy bacteria in the gut for at least a year and possibly permanently, scientists have warned.

Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that just one prescription can change the composition of the microbiome – the collection of trillions of bacteria, fungi and microbes, which live in the body and help regulate the immune system, aid digestion and produce vitamins.

In a healthy human gut there are around 1,000 different kinds of bacteria in the gut, and greater diversity of species has been linked to better health.

But the new study found that antibiotics caused the gut microbiome to change to a less diverse state with fewer…

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