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A commonly used drug in Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment could increase the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

A commonly used drug in Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment could increase the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes
Posted on May 10, 2016
Archive : May 2016
Category : News

Steroids called Glucocorticoids, which are used in the treatment of inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis, have been shown to potentially increase the risk of patients developing Type 2 Diabetes.

This isn’t at every level though – researchers at Manchester University have found that the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes only increases in doses of above 5mg/day. Daily dosages of less that 5mg/day do not present any increased risk of developing the disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue specifically the lining of the joints. This causes severe inflammation in the affected joints but also in a lesser way across the rest of the body. People with this disease suffer from flare ups which can last for days or weeks which can be excruciatingly painful.

Up until now there has been no quantifiable research done on the length of time and dosage levels of glucocorticoids and their associated risk with Type 2 diabetes development in a patient.

With this information, doctors are now able to make more informed decisions on whether to recommend glucocorticoid usage or not. They will weigh up the benefits of treating flare ups in the joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis suffers which can be extremely painful and debilitating, versus the risks of developing diabetes.

Dr Will Dixon who is the director of the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at the University of Manchester was very clear on warning against not stopping using the glucocorticoids as they are very effective and can help people who are resistant to other treatments.

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