Global health experts warn of a “looming co-epidemic” of tuberculosis and diabetes

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 03 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5912
  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. 1Assam

More needs to be done to tackle the growth in the number of patients who have both tuberculosis (TB) and diabetes, global health experts have said.

Over 100 delegates attending a two day summit in Bali, Indonesia, this week—organised by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, the World Diabetes Foundation, and the Ministry of Health of the Government of Indonesia—signed a declaration warning that the two illnesses represented a “looming co-epidemic.”

Studies have shown that diabetes weakens the immune system, making those affected around three times more likely to …

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