TB-Diabetes Co-Epidemic Looms, Experts Warn

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Experts warn that a tuberculosis-diabetes crisis may be on the horizon in a report released today. The report, compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation, emphasizes the growing link between diabetes—a disease caused by lifestyle habits and genes—and tuberculosis, an infectious disease spread through bacteria and causes respiratory symptoms.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Diabetes triples the risk of contracting tuberculosis, which killed approximately 1.5 million people last year. However, the physiological mechanisms are not yet understood.
  • According to the report, more people in the world are living with tuberculosis and diabetes than with tuberculosis and HIV—the latter of which is a well-known and deadly duo. This suggests a need for greater awareness about the link between diabetes and tuberculosis, especially given its impact.
  • The experts state the report is a call to action to address the threat before it takes a greater toll in death, disability, and economic impact.

TB-Diabetes Co-Epidemic Looms, Experts Warn
TB-Diabetes Co-Epidemic Looms, Experts Warn
A report warned Wednesday of a looming tuberculosis-diabetes epidemic as the two diseases intertwine in many countries, driven in part by a rise in unhealthy lifestyles. Having diabetes triples a person's risk of contracting TB, which killed about 1.5 million people last year, said the report compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation.
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