In the press:
During the symposia “Know yourself” Dutch Research institute TNO and the world’s first microbe museum Micropia have launched the kick–off of a national probiotic guide.
The guide should provide clear guidance to patients, consumers and healthcare professionals on probiotic use by antibiotic treatment.
Unknown makes unloved
It is well know that probiotics can prevent and support in the treatment of a variety of disorders and their safety has been established in well-designed human studies. For example, probiotics are used by the medical society in vulnerable patient groups such as preterm born infants to prevent necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), a major cause of morbidity. Although this being one of the many examples, regulating bodies are still sceptic about probiotic use. So far, the EFSA has not allowed any probiotic health claim.
This reticence among healthcare professional is also shown in new research results presented during the symposium. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have investigated the GP’s perception of probiotics. It turned out that only 53% of the GPs sometimes advices probiotics. Even though probiotics are essential to restore the gut microbiota after antibiotic treatment. In addition, probiotics can reduce the duration and intensity of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea. The uncertainty about proven effectiveness makes health care professionals hesitate to advise probiotics. A well founded probiotic guide should put an end to this. Therefore, the guide will include only clinically proven probiotics.
Reasons for general practitioners not to advice or prescribe probiotics:
"No sufficient knowledge about probiotics, too much variety, no consensus"
- Results from research of University of Amsterdam -
Not only health care professionals in the Netherlands struggle with advice about probiotic use, questions about benefits and drawbacks exist Europe-wide. Therefore, the aim is to make the guide available on an European level. The Dutch guide will be presented end 2017. Winclove is very pleased with the initiative to make reliable information about probiotics available to health care professionals. We hope that for more health indications similar initiatives are developed. This will not only benefit health care professionals, but moreover patients.
A toast on probiotics, with probiotics
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