Study: Type 2 Diabetes May Increase Barrett's Esophagus Risk
The results of a new study show patients with type 2 diabetes may face increased Barrett's esophagus risk, according to a news release (pdf).
Findings of the study, titled "Diabetes Mellitus Increases the Risk of Barrett's Esophagus: Results from A Large Population Based Control Case Study," were presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's 77th Annual Scientific meeting in Las Vegas.
Researchers performed a population-based control study using a United Kingdom database. They analyzed more than 14,000 Barrett's esophagus cases and more than 70,000 controls without Barrett's esophagus.
Their findings suggest that diabetes may increase the risk for Barrett's esophagus by almost double, said co-investigator Prasad G. Iyer, MD, of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in the release. He further indicated that risk may be higher in men with diabetes.
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