Associated Conditions of Diabetes


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About associated conditions: Associated conditions are those which appear statistically related, but do not have a clear cause or effect relationship. Whereas the complications are caused by Diabetes, and underlying causes may be causes of Diabetes, the following list shows associated conditions that simply appear with higher frequency in people who have Diabetes. In some cases, there may be overlap between this list and risk factors for Diabetes. People with Diabetes may be more likely to get a condition on the list of associated conditions, or the reverse may be true, or both. Whether they are causes of, caused by, or simply coincidentally related to Diabetes is not always clear. For general information, see Associated Condition Misdiagnosis.

Associated medical condition statistics for Diabetes: The following are statistics from various sources about associated diseases and Diabetes:
  • 73% of diabetics have high blood pressure in the US (National Diabetes Statistics fact sheet, NIDDK, 2003)

Associated conditions list: The list of conditions mentioned by various sources as associated with Diabetes includes:

Diabetes as a risk factor: Another type of associated condition is one for which Diabetes is itself a risk factor. The conditions for which Diabetes is listed as a risk factor includes:


Associated conditions: Among persons who have been diagnosed with type 2 (noninsulin-dependent) diabetes, 67 percent have a BMI 27 and 46 percent have a BMI 30. 12 An estimated 15.6 million adults in the U.S. (8 percent of men and women age 20 or older) have diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for about 90-95 percent of these cases. The relative risk of diabetes increases by approximately 25 percent for each additional unit of BMI over 221

As many as 65 percent of those with diabetes have high blood pressure.2

About 80 percent of those with NIDDM are overweight.2

The body makes some of its estrogen in fatty tissue. That's why obese women are more likely than thin women to have higher levels of estrogen in their bodies. High levels of estrogen may be the reason that obese women have an increased risk of developing uterine cancer. The risk of this disease is also higher in women with diabetes or high blood pressure (conditions that occur in many obese women).3

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NIDDK _ Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity: NIDDK
2. excerpt from Heart Disease & Women Controlling High Blood Pressure A Woman's Guide: NHLBI
3. excerpt from What You Need To Know About Cancer of the Uterus: NCI

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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