Antibiotic Use Can Increase Risk Of Death For Older Women

For nearly 8 decades now doctors have used antibiotics as their go to prescription for patients to fight illness, infections and viruses and the drugs have proven to lower the death and illnesses caused by infectious diseases but evidence is now showing that taking antibiotics in later adult life for women for too long a period of time may increase the risk of death for them.

The issue is that when the drugs are taken to frequently the infectious organisms are adapting and becoming resistant to the antibiotics but the downside is the patient will still be left with some of the side effects the antibiotics bring such as fungal infections of the mouth, vagina or digestive tracts, feeling ill and diarrhea.

Antibiotics have been proven by scientists to change gut microbiota, the microorganisms in the human digestive tract and a report by Medical News Today has shown that just a single dose of antibiotics can altar gut microbiome levels for a full year and deemed that only when antibiotics are completely necessary should they be prescribed and used. Further study has shown that antibiotics also increase aortic disease risks, cardiovascular disease and even some forms of cancer.

Age does seem to be a factor in the effects of antibiotic use. Older women taking antibiotics for over 60 days showed a 27% increase in death risk from related causes. Because of this the risk factors need to be taken into consideration when prescribing antibiotics as a prescribed treatment and modifications are necessary when factoring the overall treatment plans for older women.

The researchers found that taking antibiotics for at least 2 months in late adulthood was linked with a 58 percent increase in risk of death from heart disease, compared with women not taking them. Percentages increased to the negative for those tested in higher age groups in the study. All though there is no evidence that the antibiotics are directly related to actual cause of death the study does show a definite relation to an increased percentage in risk of death.

For over 70 years what has been considered to be the obvious approach to dealing with infectious disease must now be more carefully assessed before proceeding forward with the status quo, specifically when it comes to treatment of middle aged women where it is now realized that the cure may actually contribute to the cause and other forms of treatments must be considered.

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About the Author: BJ Hetherington

BJ is the lead editor of Meical Daily Times. Fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and Arabic, he focuses on diseases and conditions. BJ is a graduate of York University In Toronto. When BJ isn't busy writing his next piece, he can often be found running the streets of the GTA.

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