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Diabetes and inflammatory markers

Does anyone know if diabetes (any type) can affect inflammatory markers in the blood, such as CRP/ESR? I have my CRP checked regularly for another health condition and it has been elevated since January. The health condition that I would usually blame a higher CRP on has actually been reasonably well-behaved so far this year. My liver/kidney numbers are both good. Wondering whether my diabetes may have something to do with this?

  1. Hi . You got me curious, so I did a little research. Here is a study from the Diabetes Journal that discusses diabetes and CPR: Many of the articles I found discuss the connection between high CPR numbers and kidney disease or foot osteomyelitis. I didn't see much about higher numbers in general and what they mean. I hope others chime in here with better answers. It can be so confusing when other autoimmune diseases are in the mix. Best wishes. - Lori (Team Member)

    1. Thank you, 🥰 That was the response I was hoping to get from the nurse who is looking after me but I just got a telling off instead haha. I actually still don't even have an appointment date for the specialist. My GP did say it may take up to a year because they won't see me as an emergency case. It seems like here in the UK, people only get to see a specialist promptly if they've ended up in hospital with DKA at diagnosis. Or that's the impression I get anyway. I'm planning to ask how the referral is going when I have my yearly check up with the nurse (I think it's in July). I'll keep you posted. Thanks for all your support!

    2. Geez! A little support from the nurse for a job well-done would have been nice! It must be frustrating that you have to wait so long, but I am glad everything is under control for now. We have similar issues with certain specialties here in the U.S. as well. I tried to get an appointment with a dermatologist recently. I called four different places and the earlier I could get in was December of this year. Thankfully, the issue resolved itself. Very frustrating. - Lori (Team Member)

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