Study Suggests Links Between Diabetes And Multiple Sclerosis

by Medindia Content Team on  July 15, 2006 at 12:44 PM Diabetes News
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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.

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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

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

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


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.


sister had juvenile diabetes since age 12 and multiple sclerosis since age 40. she just passed away. she fought a tough fight.

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