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Anti-TNF drugs may reduce RA patients' risk of diabetes

24th June 2011

Anti-rheumatic drugs could help lower the risk of people developing diabetes.

People with systemic inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis, have previously been shown to have a higher-than-average risk of developing diabetes. But taking certain disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs), including anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) therapy and a drug called hydroxychloroquine, may help to lower this risk.

Arthritis Research UK said the work highlighted that it is vital that many of the exciting new drugs should not only be monitored for previously unrecognised side effects “but also for new and unexpected treatment benefits in other conditions.”

 

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