Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diabetes: The 2-for-1 Special

By Sean Kelley

In the past few weeks, there have been news stories linking type 2 diabetes to a host of other conditions. We’ve known for a long time that type 2 diabetes was a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, that it’s associated with obesity, and that diabetics can also have depression, erectile dysfunction, and a host of other complications.
What has been less clear (but is becoming more so by the day) is that other diseases can often be a gateway to diabetes. On June 17, researchers at Johns Hopkins University released a study showing that patients with depression have a higher risk of diabetes. A week before that, the International Diabetes Federation issued a statement recommending that patients with obstructive sleep apnea be screened for metabolic disease and type 2 diabetes. Read More

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