July 9, 2013

Can Arthritis Increase Risk of T2D?

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arthritisRheumatoid arthritis can be a marker for the development of T2D. A new study published in the Journal of Rheumatology explains why this may be true.

The incidence of T2D in adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) was investigated, and the results were compared with non-RA controls to confirm whether RA is a risk factor for T2D inTaiwan.

Both RA and T2D are diseases that present with inflammation. In RA, the joints have inflammation. In T2D, markers of systemic inflammation are elevated. In both situations, C-reactive protein can identify the presence of inflammation.

Although the correlation to RA and T2D is not solid, it’s certain that the arthritis drug, salsalate, can lower blood glucose in people with T2D. Ironically, someone who is at risk of developing T2D and already had RA can treat one condition and perhaps avoid another.

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