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Diabetes Risk Heightened by Ulcer Causing Bacteria

Fri, 03 Feb 2012

Those who get infected with the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter pylori are doubly likely to develop later on compared to those who do not have this.

These are the results of a new study of Latino adults in California.

The results do not conclusively prove that the bug causes diabetes . However, it is closely related to predicting type 2 diabetes .

Earlier research studies which considered the relationship between H. pylori infection and diabetes did not produce consistent results.

However, previous research has just been snapshots in time of diabetics with the infection and without.

For the purposes of this latest study, the researchers tracked almost 800 people for ten years.

None was type 2 diabetic when the study began.

However, 144 people became type 2 diabetics, and 97 percent of them had tested positive for H. pylori at the beginning of the study, whereas 91 percent of those who did not develop diabetes had tested positive for H. pylori.
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