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Latest Diabetes Research: Diabetes drugs may increase risk of heart disease, thyroid problems

Written by Shraddha Rupavate |Updated : March 2, 2015 6:53 PM IST

Latest diabetes researchAre you taking pills to control your diabetes? You're could be at a greater risk of suffering from health complications, says a new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The study claimed that a common type-2 diabetes pill like metformin, can drastically increase the risk of heart disease and other health complications like hypothyroidism or low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in patients treated for it.

For the study, the researchers involved 74,300 patients receiving anti-diabetic medication metformin and sulfonylurea, over a period of 25-years. Among those who were surveyed, 5,689 were treated for hypothyroidism and 59,937 had normal thyroid function.

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The study found that in the group treated for hypothyroidism, there were 495 incidences of low thyroid-stimulating hormone (119.7 per 1000) per year compared to 322 in the normal group (4.5 per 1000). According to researcher Dr. Laurent Azoulay, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, the results of the study confirm that the use of metformin is somehow associated with an increased risk of low TSH levels in patients with treated hypothyroidism.

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