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Elevated WBC & Diabetes

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I have had elevated white blood cells count for over two years now. We thought it may be allergies but, after medication still elevated. We then thought chronic tonsillitis but, after T&A surgery, still elevated. Now that I have been diagnosed T2, I asked my doctor if there is a correlation between the two. He claims no but, when I google it, I come up with various different articles/medical transcript/studies. Some quite confusing. My WBC at diagnosis was 14.8. Reference range 3.8-10.8.

 

Does anyone know if there is a connection?

 

Just one interesting NYT article.

 

Very curious,

~Danielle

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If it's just diabetes the answer is no. There is no correlation between just diabetes and a WBC count. Now if you have a disease or factor other then diabetes, say AIDS, or certain Cancers, the stress with diabetes is then a factor.

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They haven't found any diseases. Couldn't chronic mild inflammation be a possible factor?

 

~Danielle

 

Absolutely. Inflammation triggers an immune response and will kick up you WBC count.

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I'm playing devil's advocate because I truly feel that there is *some* kind of connection between the two. It's not that I think you are wrong.

 

So , doesn't syndrome X or IR lead to inflammation?

 

I guess than diabetes would just be another symptom of IR and part of what was called metabolic syndrome.

 

~Danielle

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Danielle,

 

I can tell you that when your body is fighting an infection, you will have elevated WBC and your blood sugar will be elevated. I know that I when I treated my periodontal disease, I had a dramatic drop in my blood sugars. I would postulate that I had ongoing elevated WBC when I had an inflamed periodontal infection.

 

The article you refer to is from 2004 and talks about

Dr. Denise Faustman, a very respected diabetic researcher. She argues that WBC itself attacks the pancreas actually causing damage. Of this I am not so clear about. I do know that as a marker for ongoing infection elevated WBC and elevated blood sugars go hand in hand.

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