The risk of tuberculosis is four times higher in diabetics, reveals
study conducted by the University of Copenhagen.
As a diabetic, a person is five times as likely to die during tuberculosis
treatment. The growing number of diabetics in Asia and Africa increases
the likelihood that more people will succumb to and die from
tuberculosis in the future.
University of Copenhagen researchers
have just completed a major research project in Tanzania in which they
have documented that diabetes is far more widespread than previously
thought, according to a Copenhagen statement.
The risk of dying
from tuberculosis is increased if a person also has diabetes. In the
past, diabetes was most commonly tied with the Western world while
tuberculosis was more widespread throughout the developing world.
studies show, firstly, that diabetes is hastily advancing in developing
countries, not just in Asia, but in Africa as well. And secondly, that
as a diabetic one is four times more at risk of developing tuberculosis
and five times as likely to die under tuberculosis treatment," reports
doctoral student and physician Daniel FaurholtJepsen, who has based his
dissertation on the study.
The results of the study demonstrate
that diabetes is a severe threat to the control of tuberculosis.
"Tuberculosis kills more than a million people each year. The figure may
be much higher in the future if nothing is done now," he said.
should develop better international guidelines for a combined treatment
of diabetes and tuberculosis patients as well as better diagnostic
methods, which can cheaply and effectively diagnose diabetes among
tuberculosis patients," emphasises FaurholtJepsen.