Diabetes is a potentially dangerous lifestyle condition that contributes to a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease. A new study indicates to San Jose spinal cord injury lawyers that persons who suffer from diabetes may also suffer from impeded recovery when they suffer a spinal cord injury.
According to the study, diabetic persons who suffer from spinal injury may have a much harder time making a complete recovery. The researchers suggest that controlling blood sugar levels in spinal cord injury patients could possibly help doctors prevent a worsening of the injury. The study was conducted on mice with high blood pressure or hypoglycemia. The researchers found that there was a link between hyperglycemia, and poor outcomes after the mice suffered a spinal injury.
The researchers believe that the high blood sugar levels in these mice led to an over-activation of immune cells called microglia. That led to a spike in inflammation levels, automatically impeding the process of recovery, and making it difficult for a person to get back to complete recovery after a spinal injury. During the test, the researchers found that controlling blood sugar levels actually helped prevent an increase in inflammation levels, and aided recovery in the mice.
The researchers also conducted a retrospective study in which they analyzed clinical trials involving 528 patients who suffered from high sugar levels, and had suffered a spinal injury. They found that when people who suffered from high blood glucose levels showed up at a hospital, they showed impairment in motor activity, regardless of whether they had diabetes or not. It must be noted here that high blood glucose levels can sometimes be transient, a condition that is completely distinct from diabetes.