Tuberculosis-Related Diabetes: Is It Reversible after Complete Treatment?

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Individuals with newly diagnosed tuberculosis (TB) were screened for diabetes (DM) with fasting plasma glucose (FPG) in Pakistan. A significant decrease in FPG was observed when TB was treated. Of those with newly diagnosed DM, 46% and 62% no longer had hyperglycemia after 3 and 6 months, respectively. Individuals with known DM also showed a significant decrease in fasting plasma levels when treated for TB, but after 3 months none had normoglycemia, and after 6 months 9.2% were normoglycemic. Thus, TB-related DM may abate when the stress terminates, as is the case in gestational DM. However, because stress hyperglycemia may be associated with subsequent risk of developing DM, follow-up is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1099-1102
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Antitubercular Agents, Diabetes Mellitus, Female, Humans, Hypoglycemic Agents, Male, Middle Aged, Pakistan, Prevalence, Tuberculosis, Journal Article

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