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Could swine flu be linked to type 1 diabetes?

Could swine flu be linked to type 1 diabetes?”

Besides high blood pressure, high intake of salt - main source of sodium - may be associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes, researchers have found.

And the risk rose nearly four-fold for those genetically predisposed to the condition, according to the research.

Participants with the highest consumption - one-and-a-quarter teaspoons or more - were 72 percent more likely to develop it than those with the lowest.

However, the strongest links were reported between lab-confirmed H1N1 diagnosis (2.35, 1.60-3.46), as well as flu-related hospitalized with an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes (2.75, 1.14-6.62).

And it almost quadrupled for those who ate lots of salt and carried specific gene mutations. But the researchers suggested that increasing salt intake may spur insulin resistance, a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Washington D.C.: People, especially children, infected with the H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, may be at increased risk diabetes, warns a recent study.

However, the association seen in the study doesn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Patients with high risk leukocyte antigen (HLA) genotypes whose sodium intake was classed as "high" (over 3.15 gm/day) were nearly four times more likely to develop LADA than those consuming the lowest (under 2.4gm/day).

"This study supports the concept that artificial sweeteners could reduce the body's control of blood sugar levels and highlights the potential for exaggerated post-meal glucose levels in high habitual NAS [non-caloric artificial sweeteners] users, which could predispose them to develop type 2 diabetes", the study's authors said, whose findings were presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon, Portugal.



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