H. Pylori Linked to Diabetes Marker

MedPage Today: By Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, Published: March 14, 2012.

The bug that causes ulcers may also play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, researchers said.

In two large cohorts, Helicobacter pyloricolonization was positively associated with levels of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), a marker of impaired glucose tolerance, according to Yu Chen, PhD, and Martin Blaser, MD, both of New York University School of Medicine in New York City.

And the combination of H. pylori colonization and elevated body mass index was associated with higher HbA1c levels than either factor alone, Chen and Blaser reported in the April 15 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Read More