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Antibiotics increase colorectal cancer risk

Antibiotics increase colorectal cancer risk

Intake of antibiotics increases the likelihood of developing colorectal cancer - especially if antibiotics are taken for more than two weeks. These results underline once again how important a healthy intestinal flora is. Because the beneficial intestinal bacteria are greatly decimated when taking antibiotics. The longer or more often antibiotics are taken, the harder it is for the intestinal flora to recover. Cancer cells can now manifest, grow and spread.

Antibiotics: Risk factor for colon cancer

In Germany alone, more than 60,000 people receive a colorectal cancer diagnosis each year. More than 25,000 people die of it. After breast and prostate cancer, colon cancer is the most common type of cancer in Germany. Colon cancer is usually diagnosed in old age. Only 10 percent fall ill before their 55th year. Half of all colon cancer cases are diagnosed after the age of 70.

Now you might think at a young age that you could still live a healthy life later to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, if the colon cancer occurs so late. However, it is known that it is precisely the mistakes of lifestyle in the younger and middle age lead to a later colon cancer.

Colorectal cancer risk factors include lack of exercise, over-consumption of fruits and vegetables, obesity and alcohol consumption. A new study, published in April 2017 in the journal Good now also adds long-term antibiotic use to the list of risk factors.

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Antibiotics destroy the intestinal flora

It has long been known that antibiotics can cause irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or other intolerances, even overweight and many more chronic ailments. Because antiobiotics disturb the healthy balance of the intestinal flora - and a healthy intestinal flora in turn is the prerequisite for staying healthy and slim.

As soon as the number of beneficial intestinal bacteria or the number of strains represented is reduced, this circumstance triggers special pathological metabolic processes, which can lead to chronic complaints.

Some studies also point to an increased risk of colorectal cancer in this context, especially if antibiotics are taken frequently or over a longer period of time. However, previous studies have been conducted over rather short periods of time.

Antibiotics and colon cancer

A research group of the Harvard Medical School in Boston has now investigated the matter in detail. For this they used the database of Nurses Health Study, a project that has been collecting data from 121,700 nurses since 1976. The women were at the beginning of the Nurses Health Study between 30 and 55 years old.

The Boston scientists took the data from 16,642 women who were older than 60 in 2004 the data collection. Then they looked to see if these women between the ages of 20 and 59 had taken antibiotics. All had also had a colonoscopy done. Of all the women examined, 1,195 women were found to have intestinal polyps, ie benign intestinal tumors that are considered to be precancerous.

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Antibiotics at a young age - higher colorectal cancer risk in old age

It was now apparent that an antibiotic intake in the last four years before the diagnosis apparently could not be associated with the emerging colorectal cancer. However, those who took antibiotics for two months or more in their 20s and 30s had a significantly higher risk (36 percent) of having colorectal cancer at 60 or more than those women who did not take antibiotics, or only for a short time.

Women who took antibiotics for more than two months or more in their 40s and 50s even had a 69 percent higher risk of getting colorectal cancer or colorectal cancer. The antibiotic intake in both groups was preferentially associated with colon cancer cases in the proximal colon, ie with that large intestine area, which adjoins the small intestine.

In a third group - those women who took antibiotics between the ages of 50 and 59 for 15 days and longer - a 73 percent increase in the risk of colorectal cancer was observed.

Antibiotics negate the positive effects of healthy nutrition

Of course, there are always other causes in question. So z. B. even the bacterial infection (for which antibiotics were taken) have led to appropriate intestinal mucosal changes.

In principle, however, as many factors as possible should be avoided, which affect the healthy intestinal flora in any way - and excessive use of antibiotics is in any case necessary.

A Danish study - also from the spring of 2017 - showed that the intake of antibiotics has such a serious effect on the intestinal flora, that they can even partially offset the positive effects of a healthy diet, z. B. those of whole grains.

These are always associated with a lower risk of heart problems, diabetes and even cancer. Especially the secondary plant compounds in whole grain cereals are said to have this preventive effect, especially the lignans. The extract flour contains only minimal amounts of it.

Lignans are transformed from the intestinal flora into enterolignans (which means "intestinal lignans"), which have an estrogen-like structure and are considered to prevent breast cancer.

Is the intestinal flora but now damaged - z. For example, by antibiotics - then decreases the level of enterolignan and the beneficial effect of whole foods remains. Apparently, the level of enterolignan remains low for many months after taking antibiotics, which is also an indication that the intestinal flora just can not regenerate as fast as many doctors often say.

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Build up intestinal flora during and after antibiotics

If antibiotics are unavoidable, probiotics should be taken in parallel, as individual doctors and alternative practitioners already recommend today. In addition, the probiotics should not only be used during the antibiotic intake, but for several weeks beyond. How this works, we have described here: intestinal flora structure - The instructions

Natural antibiotics

In some cases, natural antibiotics already help, which can also be taken preventively (by the way) to strengthen the body's defenses. A mixture of natural antibiotics can be particularly effective. Such an antibiotic mix consists of foods and spices that have strong antibacterial activity, such as: As garlic, chili, horseradish, turmeric and ginger.

The big advantage is that a natural antibiotic does not just have an antibacterial effect, but also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Some of the natural antibiotics mentioned are also proven to fight cancer. At the same time they spare the intestinal flora, so that the overall health improves and the risk of cancer falls. How a natural antibiotic works in concrete terms and how you can make it, we have explained in the following text and video: Natural antibiotic self-made

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Published December 15, 2016

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