TB-diabetes co-epidemic looms, experts warn

A tuberculosis patient at the Rajan Babu Tuberculosis Hospital in New Delhi on March 24, 2014Having diabetes triples a person's risk of contracting TB, which killed about 1.5 million people last year, said the report compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation. A growing link has been observed between diabetes — a disease of diet, lifestyle and genes — and TB, a respiratory disease spread by bacteria, it said. "This is largely because diabetes rates are skyrocketing around the world, and having diabetes increases the risk that a person will become sick with TB." According to the report, it was estimated that there were more people in the world living with a combination of TB and diabetes than there were people living with TB and HIV — a well-known duo that has claimed millions of lives.

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