Diabetes Risk Increased For Patients With Non-Functional Adrenal Tumors

Posted: Aug 2 2016, 11:31am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Diabetes Risk Increased for Patients with Non-Functional Adrenal Tumors
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  • Type 2 Diabetes Risk increased for Individuals with Non-Functional Adrenal Tumors

It has been found that type 2 diabetes risk is increased many times over for individuals with non-functional adrenal tumors.

Non-functional adrenal tumors can increase the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes. These are benign tumors that are not carcinogenic in nature. That is why they are called “non-functional” to begin with.

They were thought to pose no health risks whatsoever. Yet now we know better. They increase the chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Such non-functional adrenal tumors are often chanced upon when patients have routine scans taken of their abdominal regions. 

While they are definitely benign and pretty much harmless as far as deadly diseases such as cancer are concerned, they pose other health risks. For one thing, they continue to give out hormones such as cortisol.

This hormone is the prime suspect in diseases of the CV system and metabolism. Many times, non-functional adrenal tumors are left alone by physicians. They are not removed because they are thought to be pretty much harmless. Such is hardly the case though. 

The records of 1479 patients were examined in the study. 242 of them had non-functional adrenal tumors. 1237 had no adrenal tumors whatsoever.

The risks for contracting CV diseases and metabolic disorders were gauged between these two groups. The physicians who investigated these records were in for a surprise.

Those with non-functional adrenal tumors were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as compared to those who didn’t have such tumors. Thus patients with these tumors in their adrenal glands ought to be screened time after time regarding any signs of type 2 diabetes.

Even patients that had adrenal tumors that secreted small amounts of cortisol were highly likely to develop diabetes later on. The findings are indeed dismal for these patients.

Cortisol secretion seems to be the main culprit in this whole scheme of things. Methods will have to be devised to decrease the chances of contracting type 2 diabetes by patients with non-functional adrenal tumors.

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