A clump of Staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria (green) in the extracellular matrix, which connects cells and tissue, taken with a scanning electron microscope. At right, the bacterium Enterococcus faecalis, which lives in the human gut, is just one type of microbe that live on your skin, up your nose, in your gut; enough bacteria, fungi and other microbes that collected together could weigh a few pounds. (AP Photo/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID, Agriculture Department)
Could antibiotics make you fat?
Two studies this week suggest that using antibiotics may save people’s lives, but could also change their metabolisms. Put together, the studies suggest that taking antibiotics might alter digestion to help people absorb calories from food they normally would be unable to digest.
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