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Diabetic patients with poor glycaemic control have higher risk of latent TB, study shows

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4767 (Published 13 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4767
  1. Sophie Cousins

Patients with diabetes who have poor glycaemic control are more than twice as likely as the general population to have latent tuberculosis (TB) infection, shows research presented at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara, Mexico.

In a population based study of 4215 people in the United States, researchers found that patients with undiagnosed diabetes were 2.2 times more likely to have latent TB infection than those who did not have diabetes. Patients with diabetes who had high levels of fasting plasma glucose (>130 mg/dL)—a biomarker of poor glycaemic control—were 2.6 times more likely to have …

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