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Antibiotic use may increase diabetes risk
Frequent use of antibiotics might increase your risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, a new study warns.
 
Danish researchers have found that people who developed Type-2 diabetes tended to take more antibiotics in the years leading up to the diagnosis than people who did not have the condition.
 
"In our research, we found people who have Type-2 diabetes used significantly more antibiotics up to 15 years prior to diagnosis compared to healthy controls," said one of the study authors Kristian Hallundbæk Mikkelsen from Gentofte Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark. 
 
"Although we cannot infer causality from this study, the findings raise the possibility that antibiotics could raise the risk of Type-2 diabetes,” Mikkelsen noted.
 
Another equally compelling explanation may be that people develop Type-2 diabetes over the course of years and face a greater risk of infection during that time, he pointed out.
 
For the study, the researchers tracked antibiotic prescriptions for 170,504 people who had Type-2 diabetes and for 1.3 million people who did not have diabetes. 
 
Individuals who used more antibiotics were more likely to be diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. 
 
A person develops diabetes, which is characterised by high blood sugar levels, when the individual cannot produce enough of the hormone insulin or insulin does not work properly to clear sugar from the bloodstream.
 
Past research has shown that antibiotic treatments can alter the bacteria in an individual's gut and that certain gut bacteria may contribute to the impaired ability to metabolise sugar seen in people with diabetes. 
 
This may explain why higher rates of antibiotic use are associated with the development of Type-2 diabetes, but more research is needed to explain the findings, Mikkelsen said.
 
The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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COMMENTS

Sankar Amburkar

1 year ago

What is 'Frequent use of antibiotics' means? Is if once in a month, two months, three months? or number of times a year?

How papaya, fenugreek leaves can control dengue
Giloy is helpful in building the immune system and papaya leaves cure dengue fever, an expert says.
 
Pankaj Aggarwal, from the capital-based Agrawal Homoe Clinic, has suggested some easy home remedies to control platelet loss and recovery from dengue fever.
 
* Giloy (herb): This is helpful in building the immune system, giloy stem marks immediate recovery when consumed in frequently during the fever. Boil two or three giloy stems for ten minutes and serve the patient for better immunity.
 
* Papaya leaves: The budding leaves of papaya tree cure dengue fever and helps in removing excess toxins from the body. The intake of its juice from crushed leaves can helpin rising the platelet count.
 
* Fenugreek leaves: Fenugreek leaves help in reducing the pain of the patient and help in restful sleep. It reduces the level of fever stabilizing the blood pressure and heartbeat of the patient.
 
* Goldenseal: The herb proves to be an excellent remedy for its ability to clear up the symptoms of the dengue fever. The leaf when consumed in form of juice helps in eliminating the dengue virus from the body strengthening the immunity of the body against its signs.

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Nifty, Sensex Still Under Pressure - Weekly market report
Nifty has to stay above 7900 for an upmove
 
We had mentioned that Nifty, Sensex may try to stabilise and rally and if Nifty reclaims 8,400. However, a huge decline in the US markets the previous Saturday, followed up by crashing markets in Asia, led to a major fall in Indian markets.
 
Over the week, the indices recovered a little but the net loss over the week was 4%-5%. 
 
 
On Monday, global stock markets were in a turmoil, and in sympathy, Sensex, the key equity index of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) dived 5.94%, while the wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange closed 491 points or 5.92% down at 7,809 points.
 
Stock markets from Japan to the US were on a major tailspin. A huge fall in the US stock market on Friday triggered off a domino effect on global stock markets after two years of relative calm.
 
The Indian market continued to act in sympathy with the global markets on Tuesday. After a huge crash across all markets on Monday, the Asian markets were all mostly up except that of China and Japan, while European markets were trading sharply higher and so were US futures. This rubbed off on the Indian markets which staged a modest rally. Global markets also got a boost with a surprise rate cut by China in later afternoon.
 
On Wednesday, benchmarks in the Indian stock market were unable to sustain Tuesday’s recovery after the crash on Monday. The market fell again on Wednesday by over 1%. The US markets staged a huge recovery on Wednesday. On Thursday, the market recovered a bit. The US reported that it logged in strong economic growth in the June quarter which sent the US markets higher again on Thursday. Rebound in rupee value, stronger Chinese markets and better global sentiments ushered in a major recovery in the Indian and global equity markets on Friday till noon. However, the market suffered a sharp selloff in the afternoon and closed marginally higher. We suspect that the market will struggle to rally and may suffer a further dip later in the coming week.
 
Out of the 27 main sectors tracked by Moneylife, top five and the bottom five sectors for this week were:
 

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