In Taiwan, diabetes linked to increased Parkinson's risk

In taiwan, diabetes linked to increased parkinson's risk
Individuals with diabetes in Taiwan have a significantly increased risk of Parkinson's disease, which is robust across most age and gender stratifications, according to a study published online March 19 in Diabetes Care.

(HealthDay) -- Individuals with diabetes in Taiwan have a significantly increased risk of Parkinson's disease (PD), which is robust across most age and gender stratifications, according to a study published online March 19 in Diabetes Care.

Yu Sun, M.D., Ph.D., of En Chu Kong Hospital in New Taipei City, Taiwan, and colleagues evaluated the age- and sex-specific incidence of PD in a cohort of 603,416 individuals with and 472,188 controls without diabetes.

The researchers found that the incidence of PD was 3.59 per 10,000 person-years for the diabetes group and 2.15 per 10,000 person-years in the , representing an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) of 1.61. The association was reduced substantially following adjustment for medical visits (HR, 1.37). Across all sex and age stratifications, diabetes was associated with a significantly elevated risk of PD, except for . The highest hazard ratio was seen for young men aged 21 to 40 years (HR, 2.10), followed by women aged 41 to 60 years (HR, 2.05) and women older than 60 years (HR, 1.65).

"Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of PD onset in a Chinese population, and the relation is stronger in women and younger patients," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Study supports association of alcohol and diabetes

date Mar 29, 2012

Subjects in a cohort in Sweden, some of whom had been exposed to a community intervention program to prevent diabetes, were evaluated 8-10 years after baseline for the presence of diabetes mellitus or impaired glucose metabolism ...

Recommended for you

Faster heart rate linked to diabetes risk

date 12 hours ago

An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers.

EBV co-infection may boost malaria mortality in childhood

date May 21, 2015

Many people who live in sub-Saharan Africa develop a natural immunity to malaria, through repeated exposure to Plasmodium parasites. Even so, the disease kills close to half a million children per year, according ...

Three important things you didn't know about diabetes

date May 21, 2015

When we think of diabetes, we tend to think of rich people with poor lifestyles. A chronic disease linked with obesity, heart disease and worse outcomes for some infectious diseases, diabetes tends to be ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.