An intensive study done here at the US-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas has revealed. A strong link between diabetes and tuberculosis (TB). In May of 2011, researchers lead by Blanca I. Restrepo at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) made public that they were able to prove. A strong relationship between the two diseases.

Diabetes is a disease that involves the body’s inability to properly handle blood glucose, the body’s source of energy and. The brain’s main source of fuel. Tuberculosis

In fact, untreated TB is so serious that it kills more people in the world than any other bacterial disease.

The influence that diabetes has on the likelihood of contracting TB is incredible. Tuberculosis

Using one disease to help identify or ward off another is beneficial in that it helps to detect and manage both diseases, especially when one may influence the other. In reverse, diabetic patients now have a leg up on preventing a TB infection, simply because the positive connection between TB and diabetes has been made. Proof of the correlation lies in the fact that the UTHealth study concluded that about 65% of the TB cases in South Texas was attributable to diabetes.

Be knowledgeable about your health and share that knowledge with others. Being proactive is a key to living a healthier life.

The complete report can be found at

http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/89/5/10-085738/en/index.html.

By Lora Incardona

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