This drug has saved countless lives.
Almost everyone has used it at some point in their life.
But a new study published in the European Heart Journal reveals that this same drug that saves lives can directly cause fatal strokes and heart attacks (especially if you use it too frequently).
Researchers analyzed the information of 36,429 women collected by the Nurse’s Health Study between 2004 and 2012. The participants were at least 60 years old in 2004, and they completed a health questionnaire every two years until 2012.
They were asked about their antibiotic use throughout their adult lives, between the ages of 20 and 39, between 40 and 59, and over 60 years of age.
They were divided into four groups based on their antibiotic use: those who had never taken any, those who had taken courses of 15 days or less, those who had taken courses of 15 to 60 days, and those who had taken courses longer than two months.
The scientists discovered that those who had taken antibiotics for two months or more when they were 60 and older had a 32% greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease compared to if they’d never taken any.
The women aged 40 to 59 who had taken at least one two-month course increased their risk of cardiovascular disease by 28%. Women below the age of 40 suffered no cardiovascular effects from these drugs.
This is alarming if you’re older because you’re more likely to take antibiotics than younger people. But why should that be?
The authors offered two reasons to explain why antibiotics can have this effect.
Firstly, antibiotics destroy all bacteria, good and bad, which is bad news for the good bacteria in our intestines—the ones that help our bodies to fight off precisely those bacterial infections that then require us to take more antibiotics.
Secondly, good intestinal bacteria seem to have the ability to prevent inflammation, which is linked with cardiovascular disease. So, antibiotics deliver a double blow to older people.
Therefore, it’s clear that the long-term use of antibiotics is heart-unhealthy and should be avoided if possible. But if you can’t, then there are things you can do to help yourself, such as reducing your blood pressure. These easy exercises let you drop it below 120/ 80 in as little as 9 minutes…
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