Study: Diabetes found linked with TB

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Study: Diabetes found linked with TB
Copyright 2008 by United Press International

HOUSTON (UPI) — U.S. medical researchers say patients with type 2 diabetes might be at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis because of a compromised immune system.

Scientists at the University of Texas School of Public Health previously reported type 2 diabetes was the leading factor for developing TB in the U.S.-Mexico border area.

Assistant Professor Blanca Restrepo and Drs. Joseph McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch say they’ve have conducted three new studies that further illuminate the previous findings.

The scientists said they discovered the immune systems of patients with type 2 diabetes and tuberculosis respond differently, compared with patients with TB alone. Restrepo and her colleagues found innate and type 1 cytokine responses were significantly higher in patients with tuberculosis who had diabetes than in the control group of patients with TB and no diabetes.

The researchers report their findings in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and in a recent issue of The Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.


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