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That's interesting Linda. But something in the article seemed confusing to me:
"All of these have a chemical characteristic that allows them to bond tightly to zinc, an ingredient in insulin. When this bonding makes zinc unavailable, insulin cannot form. A lack of insulin is virtually the definition of diabetes. According to Dr. Landymore-Lin, there are many drugs in common use that have the same diabetes-inducing chemical characteristic."

Lack of insulin seems more characteristic of T1 and the researcher seemed to be trying to correlate antibiotic intake to T2.

But then...I don't have science brain!

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That's interesting Linda. But something in the article seemed confusing to me:
"All of these have a chemical characteristic that allows them to bond tightly to zinc, an ingredient in insulin. When this bonding makes zinc unavailable, insulin cannot form. A lack of insulin is virtually the definition of diabetes. According to Dr. Landymore-Lin, there are many drugs in common use that have the same diabetes-inducing chemical characteristic."

Lack of insulin seems more characteristic of T1 and the researcher seemed to be trying to correlate antibiotic intake to T2.

But then...I don't have science brain!


Jen
I dunno, Jen .... But if someone with a lot IR, already, were to slow their insulin production ... what might happen?
 

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my diabetes came on so fast ( from 95 mg/dl to 368 mg/dl in 6 months ) that there was some thought that an oral antibiotic i took may have given me a gut infection that turned my "slow to heal state" into raging diabetes, but don't really know. at 95 mg/dl blood sugar something was already wrong. i had caught "thrush" from antibiotics before then.

but i was also taking psycho-toxins from the VA at the same time.

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I think what we are overlooking is any kind of inflammation can raise bgs. So the underlying condition that your friend needed the antibiotics may have set everything in motion. Not enough is known about diabetes and its cause. Any kind of attack to the pancreas autoimmune or infection could start to cause insulin resistance. Also since none of us tested our bgs before D we really don't know how long or at what time our bg were elevated.
 

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Jim I thought that too ... but there does seem to be evidence out there that some antibiotics can lead to diabetes. I need to figure out how to relate my search words in PubMed to get an efficient search, though!
 

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My dad has been on prednisone for 13 years and developped diabetes because of it. So there are reactions to certain medications.
 

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Oh Prednisone is notorious, Jeanne.

In particular in veterinary use, where it is much more liberally used than in human medicine.

A lot of cats get grain fed (read, crunchy chow) and then get IBD ... and then get pred for the IBD ...
 

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Steriods like prednisone are horrible for your blood sugar. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil sometimes since they are so beneficial for treating some diseases. I had to take prednisone last month when I was sick and had to take extra insulin to cover it.
 
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