Diabetes type 2: A new risk factor has been discovered, affecting 10% of adults.


Diabetes type 2: A new risk factor has been discovered, affecting 10% of adults.

An adrenal gland tumor affects up to 10% of adults, increasing their risk of diabetes and hypertension.

Researchers from Birmingham have called for a re-evaluation of healthcare policies related to diabetes and high blood pressure.

According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, benign tumors on the adrenal gland can release hormones that raise blood pressure and increase the risk of diabetes.

Such tumors are thought to affect ten percent of the adult population.

Women, particularly postmenopausal women, were found to be more susceptible to this increased risk, according to the researchers.

Adrenal incidentaloma is a benign tumor that develops on the top of the kidneys’ adrenal glands.

These tumors do not spread to other tissues and do not pose a direct threat to the patient’s health.

Mild Autonomous Cortisol Secretion (MACS) was discovered by the researchers to be a condition in which tumors release harmful amounts of the hormone cortisol.

The new study suggests that MACS affects nearly half of the population with adrenal tumors, compared to one-third in previous studies.

MACS was found to be much more common in women, accounting for 70% of the cases discovered.

The majority of these women were in their fifties and sixties.

The researchers extrapolate from the study’s findings to estimate that up to 1.3 million adults in the United Kingdom may have MACS.

MACS has been linked to a number of negative health outcomes, including worsening diabetes and high blood pressure, both of which increase the risk of further complications like heart disease.

“We observed that patients with MACS were more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure and to require three or more tablets to achieve adequate blood pressure control,” said first author Dr Alessandro Prete.

“When we looked at patients with type 2 diabetes, those with MACS were twice as likely to be treated with insulin, indicating that other medications had failed to keep their blood sugar levels under control.”

“In conclusion, our research discovered that MACS is a common and important risk factor for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, particularly in older women, and that the impact of MACS on high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes risk has been underappreciated until now.”

Professor Weibke Arlt, a senior author, explained why.

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