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Asthma steroids and diabetes link may boost hospital doctor jobs treatment

Wednesday 3rd November 2010
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Researchers have found a link that may assist those with hospital doctor jobs and pharmacy jobs in the fight with type 2 diabetes.

Patients who use inhaled corticosteroids have an increased chance of developing diabetes, according to research at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital.

Inhaled corticosteroids are typically used to treat respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

According to the study, oral corticosteroids have long been linked with diabetes, but this is the first time the connection has been seen in the inhaled form.

Samy Suissa, who led the study, said that inhaled steroids were already known to increase the chances of cataracts and pneumonia and "and now we are finding the increase in diabetes".

Researchers recommended that those with hospital doctor jobs only prescribe inhalers to those who truly benefit them, specifically asthmatics, as research has shown that inhaled steroids do not help those with COPD a great deal.

According to BBC Health, around 5.2 million people in the UK have asthma, with the illness affecting approximately one in 12 adults and one in eight children.

Written by Martin Lambert
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