STUDY SHOWS HEPATITIS B VACCINE MAY REDUCE DIABETES RISK BY 33 PERCENT

In a City of Hope study recently published in the journal PLOS One, researchers found that people successfully vaccinated against hepatitis B had a 33 percent drop in diabetes risk when compared to people who had not received the vaccine.  “Successful” vaccination means people have antibodies against hepatitis B in the bloodstream – a sign that they’re protected against the disease.

One of the authors of the study, Ken C. Chiu, M.D., a professor of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, is now at work on a new study to further investigate the potential link between the vaccine and diabetes resistance.

Doctors already knew of the association between diabetes and hepatitis B, a virus that infects the liver, and researchers have been exploring the possibility that diabetes might be triggered by bacteria, viruses or other disease-causing organisms.  What’s important about this new study is that it shows just how vital this line of research may prove to be.

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