Children and adolescent diabetes increases TB risk

Fri, 07 Aug 2009
According to recent diabetes news, nearly one in every three children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes has a positive skin test for tuberculosis, and could face a higher risk of developing active TB as well as spreading the infection to other people.

The research team, who were published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, were unsure as to whether poor blood sugar control predisposes TB disease, or whether TB disease causes blood sugar control.

TB is extremely contagious and can be potentially deadly. Around 10% of people with latent TB will go on to develop active TB. The researchers reportedly concluded: "Routine TB screening of children with type 1 diabetes may be indicated in settings highly endemic for TB."
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