Study Suggests Links Between Diabetes And Multiple Sclerosis

by Medindia Content Team on  July 15, 2006 at 12:44 PM Diabetes News   - G J E 4
Study Suggests Links Between Diabetes And Multiple Sclerosis
People with type-1 diabetes are more prone to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) in comparison to non-diabetic people, a Denmark study reveals.

Both type-1 diabetes and MS are auto-immune diseases, where the body builds up an aberrant immune response against itself, attacking insulin-producing cells in patients with diabetes, and the myelin sheath of the neurons in those suffering from MS.

Dr. Nete M. Nielsen, from the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, and colleagues, evaluated the emergence of MS in 6078 patients with type-1 diabetes with more than a decade of follow-up, and observed that patients with type- 1 diabetes had a more than three-fold increased risk of MS.

Their study has been reported in the Archives of Neurology.

The researchers also studied the presence of type-1 diabetes in 14,771 first-degree relatives of 11,862 MS patients and found that first-degree relatives of MS patients had a 63 percent increased risk of developing type-1 diabetes.

"To our knowledge, the present study is the first truly nationwide cohort study to demonstrate intra -individual and, to a lesser degree, intra -familial co-occurrence of MS and type 1 diabetes," the investigators claim.

"The underlying mechanisms remain unknown, but may involve both genetic and environmental factors." they added.


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I was diagnosed with MS 13 years ago and then type 2 diabetes about 5 years ago and its almost impossible to keep my sugars a bay they range between 179/240 every day! my eating habbits are good I do cheat my sweet tooth gets the best of me sometimes its very frustrating !! I take my meds plus I have the insulin pen lantus and nova log ,when my sugars are high I dont know it I feel fine no thirst or frequent urination and all my labs come back with good kidney function, good liver function etc.... what the heck is going on with this body of mine!!!! a1c was 8.0 last time also help
wandalu2 Friday, February 8, 2013
I Have Had MS for 10 years now, recently Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Iam insulin dependent. Iam 44 years old and now having walking issues, lots of pain in my right hip. Has anyone used a foot vibrator to help with poor circulation, can i get a free one as i have very little spare funds. Thanks Nis
Nis123 Sunday, December 18, 2011
I have had type one diabetes for 16 years now I just recently had a MS attack and was hospitalized I was told three years ago that I could have had it went in and got a second opinion and they said the spots on the MRI were effects from my Diabetes I am 26 now and had a severe attack and now have so many questions and my nerologist just says every case is different I wanna know how this is going to effect my diabeties and my epilepsy and other health problems I have due to my diabetes. Anything would help!! New DX 1/14/2010
firefly8720 Saturday, January 29, 2011
I have both Type 1 Diabetes and MS and I am trying to figure out how to treat Flare-Ups from MS without driving my Blood Sugars through the roof.
DannyFinn Thursday, March 4, 2010
sister had juvenile diabetes since age 12 and multiple sclerosis since age 40. she just passed away. she fought a tough fight.
cperdue Thursday, December 10, 2009
At age 23, I was diagnosed with Adult Onset Juvenile Diabetes...Insulin Dependent. I just turned 40 this year...and one day at work...I was suddenly struck with PCP sent me for an MRI of the brain and I have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I am suffering from the lower levels...but my Neurologist doesn't want me to take steriods for the MS...because it affects Blood Glucose levels uncontrollably...but now I'm not being treated for MS because of my Diabetes... I'm going to talk with my Endocrinoligist and try and get her...and my Neurologist together and find something that works...I am and have always been a Brittle Diabetic.
GEOVB40 Thursday, October 1, 2009
i think you should consider your ms treatment more than the diabetes, as the symptoms goes away, and at the same time you ll have to increase your dose of insulin, the main treatment for the ms is interferons not the cortisone.... hope u get better soon.
guest Saturday, December 26, 2009
Hi there,i am a 28 year old mother of 3 , and last nov was diagnoised with type 1 diabities. I mangange my diabities with an insulin pump,which has made a world of difference.About a week ago i went numb in my arms hands legs and feet,felt alot of confusion,stumbled over my words ect....The docters are now sending me for an mri to test for ms. I am scared to dealth. One complicated desiese is enough to deal with.Anyone one have some advice,or there expiencees with these 2 dieseases.
worried Saturday, September 12, 2009
I was diagnosed with Type 1 2 years ago [at43!] then 1 year later, I was diagnosed with MS. I had a severe pain in my head, my arm went numb and I lost balance. At first it looked like a stroke. My lumbar puncture confirmed MS. I still cannot believe this is happening to me. I just got an insulin pump and looking for another treatment for the MS. I had a terrible reaction to Copaxon.
guest Monday, September 28, 2009
I was recently diagnosied with diabetes. I am a 36yrs old mother of 2. I also have MS. I was diagnoised with relapsing remitting ms in 2003. I have been complaining for moths about being extremely hungary, frequent urination, extreme fatique, lack of focus, blurred vision and dizziness for the pass several of months! I also suffer from chronic daily headaches that never go away! on a good day my pain level is a 4!! I don't know if there is any on out there who suffers from DWDU!??? (DOCTORS WHO DONT UNDERSTAND!!) But that seems to be my situation since i was diagnoised with MS! Every complaint you have seem to get blown off as being associated with MS or all in your mind!! Now since being newly diagnosed I am insulin dependent!! which I believe could have been avoided if I was taken more seriously several months ago when I 1st complain of the severe hungar and ferquent urination and weight loss up and down! I am scared to death! I havent been able to stablize my blood sugar since i have been released from the hospital 2 weeks ago! If there is any one out there who sound like me or have any comment! I would love to hear from you!
larencher Monday, June 29, 2009
I' am dealing with almost the same thing as u but reversed.As far as the diabities,get on an insulin pump.I have one and they make a world of difference when it comes to managing diabities.They work more like a normal pancreas.And if you are only 2 weeks of been dignosed with diabities,it will take some time to get those levels figured out.Don't stress about it,right yet.It took about 1-2 months before my levels finally straightned,but always remember with diabities,there will be some days when your levels will go completly out of control,for no reason.Don't blame yourself , this dieses has a mind of it's own,just as many others.
worried Sunday, September 13, 2009
My 51year old mother was diagnosed with MS 2years ago. Just recently she was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 where she had to be hospitalized because her sugar levels was so high the sugar meter could not even read it. After 2 weeks, her blood sugar is ok, but it still fluctuates now-and-then. When i read what you wrote, it directly sounded like my mothers' experience.We requested the latest results that was done from her specialist in order to give it to her general doctor[since we do not live in the same town as where the specialist is] We just discovered that those recent tests that was done by a specialist, had RED,WARNING results regarding her sugar levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure. NOTHING WAS DONE REGARDING THIS. She was not even informed of these results. And these tests were done in the beginning of 2012. My mother is devastated, because she almost died. I would like to hear from you. How are you now?
justine25 Monday, June 4, 2012
I was just diagonesed with MS and i know am noticing symptoms for diabetes. I am getting tested for diabetes on wed. Jan 12 2009. I have about 8 out of the 9 symptons of diabetes,everything but the weight loss, so i would say my chances for have diabetes is pretty good...m I am VERY VERY scared of my having diabetes with the MS. cAN SOME ONE PLEASE HELP ME!?
momof3 Tuesday, January 13, 2009
This is very interesting because I have type 1 diabetes and MS!
guest Thursday, May 31, 2007
My sister had type 1 diabetes since age 12 and at age 40 was confirmed that she had ms.
cperdue Thursday, December 10, 2009
I too was diagnosed with diabetes at age 11 and now am experiencing symptoms of ms. My MRI came back negative, but I am very afraid. Please reply and let me know if you are in the same situation. i feel helpless. Has anyone out there had sudden hearing loss from the MS?
oneteacher Sunday, December 19, 2010

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