`50% TB patients are diabetic/pre-diabetic in TN`

Chennai: Nearly 50 per cent of tuberculosis (TB) patients in Tamil Nadu were found to be having either diabetes or pre diabetes conditions, a recent study by a city-based private hospital has revealed.

The study done on 827 TB patients under under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme in three districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur in the state showed 49.8 per cent of them having either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

The six-month study was conducted by M V Hospital for Diabetes and Prof M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre here found 25.3 per cent of the sample having diabetes and over nine per cent of them having pre-diabetes, Dr Vijay Viswanathan, Managing Director told reporters here.

He said that another recent nationwide study conducted in 2011 reported the prevalence rates of diabetes and pre-diabetes to be 10.4 per cent and and 8.3 per cent respectively, among the general population in the state.

Dr Neeraj Bedi, Medical Superintendent of M V Hospital for Diabetes said that the hospital had recently launched a free testing for diabetes for TB patients? Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT), which would otherwise cost around Rs 380.


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