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Study: Antibiotics Linked to Higher Heart Disease Risk in Individuals with Type 1 Diabetes

Pharmacy Times

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Bacterial infections may elevate the risk of coronary heart disease in individuals with type 1 diabetes, according to results from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Antibiotic purchases reflecting bacterial infections in outpatient care were significant risk factors for coronary heart disease, with a 21% increased risk for each annual antibiotic purchase.

Further, a high blood level of bacterial lipopolysaccharides, or large molecules derived from the outer layer of gram-negative bacteria, was also a risk factor for coronary heart disease, according to the study.

"In broader terms, the present study demonstrates how infections associate with ...