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Diabetes: The Link Between Diabetes and Other Diseases

June 3, 2012

Diabetes is a very serious disease in and of itself. But it doesn’t stop there. Ongoing clinical research is revealing that diabetes has causal or complicating links to a range of other serious health problems including the most common cancers, hearing loss, dementia, heart attack and stroke. In the latest post to HealthConnection, UT Health’s Dr. David Shafer answers questions on the diabetes links.


Questions:

  1. What is diabetes and why does there appear to be links between it and other serious diseases?
  2. Are the links to other diseases equally attributable to Type I and Type II diabetes?
  3. What is the link between diabetes and heart attack or stroke?
  4. Why do people with diabetes have a greater risk of hearing loss?
  5. What is the connection between diabetes and cancer?
  6. Why would someone with diabetes be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia?
  7. What is the link between diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure)?
  8. Are these risks increased irrespective of how well diabetes is managed by the patient?

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