Taking antibiotics affects sports performance

Taking antibiotics affects sports performance

Tuesday, August 02, 2022 – 12:58

An American study showed that taking antibiotics to treat some diseases eliminates a type of bacteria that lives in the intestines, which affects the motivation and endurance of athletes.

The study, carried out by a research team from the University of California Riverside, USA, aims to determine the effect of intestinal bacteria on voluntary exercise habits in humans.

As part of the study, published by the “Scitech Daily” website, which specializes in scientific research, the researchers analyzed fecal samples from mice after they were put through an antibiotic treatment program for ten days, and the analysis showed a decrease in a type of gut bacteria in these mice.

The study involved dividing the mice into two groups, with one of the two groups getting into the habit of exercising and exercising. The study revealed that neither group had symptoms after taking antibiotics; But the motor activity of the “sport” mice decreased by 21 percent, and the sport mice were unable to restore their previous level for 12 days after stopping the antibiotics.

As for the non-athletic mice, there were no changes in their behavioral and motor habits, either during or after taking the antibiotics.

Monica McNamara, a researcher in the field of evolutionary biology, said: “A person who exercises casually or intermittently will not be greatly affected by taking antibiotics; But for professional athletes, any drop in their level could have a big impact.”

The researcher Theodore Garland, co-author of the study, explained that “waste products resulting from metabolic reactions caused by bacteria in the intestine can be reabsorbed and converted into fuel or energy for the body; So the less beneficial bacteria in the gut, the less fuel the body gets.”

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