People with diabetes face increased risk of infections

Diabetes patients have an increased risk of suffering serious infections or death compared to the general public, new research has shown | Diabetes Care | Story via ScienceDaily

A study carried out by the University of Glasgow analysed the electronic GP and hospital records of more than 100,000 English adults aged 40 to 89 years with a diabetes diagnosis, and compared them to those without a diabetes diagnosis.

The researchers estimated that 6% of infection-related hospital admissions, such as for pneumonia, and 12% of infection-related deaths among adults could be attributed to diabetes.

The large size of the study enabled the researchers to show that diabetes patients with the less common Type 1 diagnosis were at even greater risk of being hospitalised and dying from infection.

Over a seven year period, patients with Type 2 diabetes were twice as likely to be hospitalised with an infection as patients without diabetes; for Type 1 diabetes this difference was nearly four times.

The study also investigated more common infections seen by GPs, and found that skin infections such as cellulitis were twice as common in patients with diabetes.

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Full reference: Carey, I.M. et al. | Risk of Infection in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Compared With the General Population: A Matched Cohort Study | Diabetes Care, 2018