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Diabetes in Arthritis Patients can be Prevented by Antimalarial Drug

by Rajashri on October 30, 2008 at 4:40 PM
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 Diabetes in Arthritis Patients can be Prevented by Antimalarial Drug

New research shows that an antimalarial drug may help prevent the onset of diabetes in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis.

To reach the conclusion, boffins examined the records of 2,093 Geisinger patients who received treatment for rheumatoid arthritis from 2000 to 2008.

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The study looked at, among other things, use of the medication hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and the development of new cases of diabetes in these patients.

HCQ was developed to treat malaria but it has also been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, use of HCQ was associated with a 53 percent reduction in the development of new cases of diabetes, the study found.
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"Given the relative safety and low cost of this generic drug, HCQ may be useful in preventing diabetes in other high risk groups," said lead study investigator and Geisinger rheumatologist Androniki Bili, MD, MPH.

Researchers don't know how exactly HCQ prevents diabetes onset but it's suspected that HCQ improves glucose tolerance.

The study's findings have been presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco.

People with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for diabetes due to more sedentary lifestyle, chronic inflammation and use of steroid medications that can cause weight gain.

"We should revisit HCQ in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis because, in addition to its disease-modifying properties, it might prevent the development of diabetes in this high risk group," Dr. Bili said.

Source: ANI
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