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Type 2 diabetes mellitus linked to acute pancreatitis

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By Jimmy Downs

Friday Dec 2012 (foodconsumer.org) -- People living with diabetes type 2 are at higher risk for acute pancreatitis, according to a new study in European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

The meta-analysis  of data from seven  observational studies shows people with type 2 diabetes mellitus were 84 percent more likely to develop acute pancreatitis, compared with those without diabetes mellitus type 2.

Epidemiological evidence shows that diabetes is associated with increased risk of acute pancreatitis.  The current study was to meta-analyze the data from previous studies to examine the association between type 2 diabetes mellitus and risk of acute pancreatitis.

For the current study, L. Yang from the First Hospital of Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, China and colleagues searched major databases including PubMed, Embase, Web of Science and Cochrance Library for relevant studies and seven studies of 15,298,024 participants were found qualified for the study.

Participants with diabetes mellitus type 2 were at 84 percent increased risk for acute pancreatitis, compared with those who did not have diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes can be avoided in most cases by following a healthy diet.  Some food ingredients such as curcumin and cinnamon can help prevent the disease effectively.

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