PTSD May Raise Diabetes Risk In Military Service Members
By Mike Boyle

Analysis of a new study published in the journal Diabetes Care hints that military service personnel with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to develop diabetes than their counterparts without PTSD symptoms.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines PTSD as "an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat."

Researchers involved in the PTSD study say "it is possible that the stress response associated with PTSD could contribute to widespread inflammation in the body and lower sensitivity to the blood-sugar-regulating hormone insulin, which could lead to diabetes," reports Reuters.

For this study, researchers examined the health status of 44,754 active duty military service members who did not have diabetes when they were initially enrolled in the Department of Defense`s large ongoing Millennium Cohort Study. Three years later, 376 study participants - or about 3 per 1000 - reported they had been newly diagnosed with diabetes.

Learn much more on this study from Reuters here, plus read an abstract of the study and its results from the journal Diabetes Care here.

 

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Originally posted May 25, 2010.