There are some things you think you just don’t need to worry about anymore. Make it past a certain age, and you’re off the hook.
Except that’s not how it’s shaking out for many seniors who are increasingly battling a condition that used to only pop up much earlier in life. And that’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD.
Now, the latest research reveals two crucial pieces of information:
- WHY it’s happening
- WHO is most likely to suffer
But this new data also gives us something else…
That’s a QUICK and EASY way to dramatically cut your risk of ever developing IBD.
Why so many seniors are suffering from IBD
Few things interfere with your day-to-day life as much as Irritable Bowel Disease.
It’s more than just frequently needing a bathroom. IBD is a constant and often painful battle with your own digestive system that can leave you perpetually exhausted.
IBD is usually first diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 30. But in recent years, up to 15 percent of new cases are in seniors.
The new research reveals WHY there’s a surge. And it’s no surprise to me…
It’s MEDICATION, specifically antibiotic drugs. And if you’ve been on them at all… and especially if you’ve been on them a lot… you’re officially at risk for IBD.
I’ll tell you how to reduce those odds in a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at the new numbers that reveal what you’re really up against.
With even a single antibiotic prescription, your odds of an IBD diagnosis increase by 27 percent over five years. And the risk keeps rising from there:
- two prescriptions raise IBD risk by 55 percent
- three increases the odds by 67 percent
- take one a fourth time, and your risk almost doubles
- five or more rounds will increase risk by a stunning 236 percent
But that also means there’s an obvious way to reduce your IBD risk. Plus, you can take steps to drop those odds even if you’ve already been on and off the medications yourself.
Arm your body against Irritable Bowel Disease
The study doesn’t dive into the cause, but there’s a pretty obvious reason for that rise in IBD risk. It’s triggered by what antibiotics do to your microbiota or the delicate balance of microbes in your digestive tract.
You see, the drugs don’t just attack the bugs that make you sick. They also go after the good ones you need. And that can lead to a digestive tract thrown so far out of whack that you’re prone to inflammation… the condition at the very heart of IBD.
To be clear, I’m not anti-antibiotics. In fact, they’re miracle drugs that have saved countless lives. We simply overuse them when we should be taking a conservative approach to their use.
But there are two actions you can take when you’re prescribed an antibiotic that could help lower your IBD risk.
First, before taking the drug, ask your doctor if you have any other options, including a wait-and-see approach for milder infections. And for recurring infections like UTIs, you might be able to try natural therapies such as cranberry extract. (Yes, despite the controversy, there’s plenty of evidence cranberry can make a big difference.)
And second, if you do end up taking an antibiotic, go ahead and start on a probiotic supplement too. Just be sure to clear it with your doc and take the probiotic at least two hours before or two hours after your medication.
A supplement can help restore the balance of bacteria and protect you from digestive issues, potentially including IBD. And at the same time, it can help cut the risk of other problems, including new infections.
Need some help choosing a probiotic? See my special report, “How to pick the best probiotic for YOU,” for some tips.
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