Day: October 3, 2010

Frequency of Diabetes in Men vs Women

Men are up to two and a half times more likely to have newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes than women, but once a woman is diagnosed, the disease is just as deadly for them as for men.

Sources:

Landman GWD et al. “Type 2 diabetes eliminates the relative protection against death in women.” Abstract 0345, presented Sept. 20
Hilding A et al. “Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes in men when compared to premenopausal as well as postmenopausal women, aged 35-66 years.” Abstract 0346, presented Sept. 20.

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Surprising Bone Frailty Findings in Diabetes:

Research has revealed greater structural frailty of bone in diabetes than expected for a given level of bone mineralization as shown on a bone density scan.  In diabetics their bones look like normal bone under the scanners currently used, however it still fractures easier than expected.  Peter Vestergaard, MD, PhD, of Aarhus University Hospital in Aarhus, Denmark, explained that, “One big part of the problem is the ‘invisible’ damage” and that the glucose in diabetics appears to “‘caramelize the bone”.   More good reason for all of us, diabetic or not,  to keep our blood sugar levels under control.

Source: Groop PH, et al “Diabetes and the bone” EASD 2010.