Antibiotics increase the risk of Parkinson's

Scientists from the University of Helsinki (Finland) have proved that taking many antibiotics increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.  The source of the disorders, which in the future lead to the development of the severe disease, is an imbalance of the intestinal microbiota.

The study involved about 14 thousand patients with Parkinson's disease, the control group included more than 40 thousand healthy people. 

It turned out that changes in the microbiome, which ultimately lead to the development of the neurodegenerative disease, are observed for 20 years before the first symptoms appear. Among the antibiotics that significantly increase the risk of Parkinson's disease, scientists named drugs belonging to such widely used groups as macrolides and lincosamides.

It was also found that the likelihood of developing the disease increases after taking antifungal drugs and tetracyclines. Also, among the risk factors that increase the likelihood of the disease, experts called irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and frequent inflammation in the digestive tract.

Nov. 25, 2019, 10:42 a.m.

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