Many medications have side effects, but some may be more worrying than others. Scottish and British researchers show that prostate adenoma treatment increases the risk of type 2 diabetes. In its results, published in British Medical JournalThey do not ask patients to change their treatment, but doctors strengthen their supervision.
Medications used to reduce the size of the prostate
Prostate adenoma, or benign hypertrophy, refers to a condition that affects mainly men older than 50 years. At age, the size of your prostate increases and compresses the urethra. In the end, it causes urinating discomfort, the main symptom of the disease.
Many men get inhibitors of 5-alpha reductase: these medications help to reduce the volume of the prostate. One of the known side effects is the onset of erectile dysfunction. Previous studies have shown that they can also lower the body's response to insulin, which is one of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
30% more risk
In this research, the researchers analyzed the health data of some 55,000 men, taking inhibitors of 5-alpla reductase in the United Kingdom for a period of 11 years. According to their results, taking these medications increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by one-third. "These results should not be a cause for concern for men who take 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors," reassures Laurence Stewart, one of the authors of the study. On the contrary, according to him caregivers and doctors redoubted the vigilance when prescribed and then, during the follow-up of their patients.
80% of men over 80 years old have benign prostatic hypertrophy. Two million men in France would have some symptoms.
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