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Connecting the Dots Between Antibiotics, Diet and the Gut Microbiome

June 27, 2017

AGA expert Dr. Eugene Chang spoke to U.S. News & World Report about how antibiotics alter the gut microbiome and the role of diet in restoring gut health.

We all know that antibiotics are a life-saving invention; however, microbiome experts like Eugene B. Chang, MD, AGAF, are concerned about overuse and how this can lead to the destruction of the gut bacteria necessary to maintain many aspects of health.

In an interview with U.S. News & World Report, Dr. Chang — who is a scientific advisory board member for the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education, as well as chair of the AGA Institute Council Microbiome & Microbial Diseases in the Gastrointestinal Tract Section — explains why overuse or careless use of antibiotics are problematic for future gut health and immunity.

Dr. Chang notes that fecal microbiota transplantation is a promising treatment to restore healthy microbes in the gut, especially for difficult-to-treat conditions like C. difficile infection, but that, for now, the most widespread approach for healing the gut is food-based. The U.S. News & World Report article continues to provide patients with advice on how diet can be the best intervention for gut health.

Dr. Chang’s commitment to gut microbiome research began roughly thirty years ago when he received one of AGA’s first Research Scholar Awards through the AGA Research Foundation. Since his early microbiome discoveries, Dr. Chang’s lab has grown to be a vital source of knowledge around the gut microbiome. His team’s current work on the role of diet in altering the gut microbiome will provide clinicians with new information about how microbes affect patients.

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